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Policemen use mild lathicharge to disperse protesting 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims

punjab Updated: Sep 15, 2016 14:27 IST
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Riot victims clashing with cops during protest outside the mini-secretariat on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

High drama was witnessed and the police resorted to mild lathicharge against the 1984 riot victims trying to stop them from entering the mini-secretariat on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the 1984 Riot Victims Welfare Society have been protesting against the government for the past many d ays with four of the members were sitting on hunger strike.

On Wednesday, when nearly 40 members tried to enter the mini secretariat to meet deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, the police closed the gates and did not allow them in.

The protesters got into a scuffle with the police personnel after which a mild baton charge was used to disperse them. No one was severely injured in this.

The protesters even burnt an effigy of the state government and demanded immediate relief.

Gurdeep Kaur, president of the society, said that the government has failed to fulfil genuine demands of the riot victims. “The government is not willing to meet our demands and now they used batons on us,”said Kaur.

The welfare committee has been demanding flats, `2 lakh compensation from the state government, clearance of pending red card files, 5% reservation in jobs besides `5 lakh compensation from the Union government for the riot-hit.

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