Leaders of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) including its general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa suffered injuries after the Delhi police resorted to a lathicharge on Sunday afternoon on people approaching the prime minister's residence to protest acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
The DSGMC office-bearers and other leaders of the SAD-Badal had joined Nirpreet Kaur, a victim of the riots, at her fast that began on Friday at the Jantar Mantar. The police acted when they started marching towards the PM's house, raising slogans to demand a Supreme Court-monitored special investigation team (SIT) to probe the riots.
SAD-B leader Kuldip Singh Bhogal and DSGMC member Onkar Singh Thapar were injured along with Sirsa, who suffered fractured ribs; all three were admitted to Ram Monohan Lohia Hospital. The police detained DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK and senior leader Avtar Singh Hit for about two hours.
After being released, the DSGMC president said it was ironic that Sajjan Kumar had been provided high security: "The Congress-led government has bent all rules to set Sajjan Kumar free. Instead of collecting evidence they are destroying it. The court's judgment mentions that vital evidence was missing." Sirsa told HT the protests would continue.
SAD-B secretary general and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa condemned the police action.
In a statement issued in Amritsar, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar also flayed the Delhi police, saying they had "curbed the sentiments of protesting Sikhs".