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SAD leaders meet Delhi Lt guv over Sajjan's acquittal

ANI  New Delhi, May 07, 2013
First Published: 17:50 IST(7/5/2013) | Last Updated: 09:13 IST(8/5/2013)

Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) called on the Lt governor of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna, on Tuesday, and reiterated their objection and protest over a Delhi magisterial court's verdict to acquit Congress party leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

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Briefing media later about their meeting with Lt governor Khanna, SAD leader Manjit Singh GK said that Khanna has said that he would look into the matter.

Our demands and views have to be taken care off. This protest will only stop if the government takes prominent and strict action. Our leader Badalji (Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal) would come and we would increase the level of protest, he said.

We promise that in the next two days, we would not do anything major. The chargesheet of 1992 should be brought into the court. We will be meeting President Pranab Mukherjee. We are behind Narpreet Kaur and requesting her to call off her fast. If something happens to her, then Sajjan Kumar will go for a toss. Badalji himself is coming to ask Narpreet Kaur to call off her fast, Manjit Singh GK added.

Protests have been taking place in the national capital Delhi against the acquittal of Kumar for a week since the court verdict was announced.

Sikh demonstrators are demanding stringent punishment for Kumar during their protests near Parliament, as well as in other parts of the country.
 
On Monday, around 500 protesters blocked the road around Vijay Chowk.
 
On Sunday, the protesters had marched towards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s residence, but were stopped at Parliament Street as they left Jantar Mantar.
 
A Delhi court had last Tuesday acquitted Sajjan Kumar of all the charges in a case related to the killing of five men in a Delhi Cantonment colony during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
 
Five others named as accused with Sajjan Kumar were convicted, three of murder and rioting and two of rioting.

Kumar, a former member of Parliament (MP) from outer Delhi, was facing trial along with five others--former MLA Mahender Yadav, Krishan Khokhar, former Councillor Balwan Khokhar, Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal-- for allegedly conspiring and inciting a mob against the Sikh community in Delhi Cantonment area during the riots that followed the October 31, 1984 assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Inside the court, so deep was the resentment over Kumar''s acquittal that a shoe was thrown at District Judge J.R. Aryan after he pronounced his verdict. Angry over the verdict, All India Sikh Students Federation President Karnail Singh hurled a shoe towards the Judge. He was immediately detained by the police.

The case relates to the murder of five men--Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Ranghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh-in the Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1-2, 1984 during attacks on Sikh homes and businesses following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Complainant Jagdish Kaur is the widow of Kehar Singh and mother of Gurpreet. The other three victims were her cousins.

The CBI registered the case in 2005 following the recommendations of the Justice GT Nanavati Commission.


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