Riot victim’s daughter to go on indefinite fast
One of the many innocent people whose lives were shattered after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Nirpreet Kaur, on Thursday announced an indefinite fast from Friday to ensure justice for the victims. Kaur lost her father during the riots in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in national Capital.Updated: May 03, 2013 00:15 IST
One of the many innocent people whose lives were shattered after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Nirpreet Kaur, on Thursday announced an indefinite fast from Friday to ensure justice for the victims. Kaur lost her father during the riots in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in national Capital.
She will sit on an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar, demanding that the chargesheet related to FIR 67/87 be immediately filed in the court and immediate action be taken against Rajiv Ranjan, the police officer responsible for suppressing the chargesheet.
Claiming that a lot of evidence was concealed and eyewitnesses of the massacre were ignored, she demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be constituted to investigate the case independently.
“Also, an appeal in the present case, in which Sajjan Kumar was acquitted, should be immediately filed in the High Court and the case be heard and decided in three months’ time,” Kaur demanded.
She said, “We had lot of expectation from the judiciary but unfortunately the verdict given by the court has shaken our faith in the system. Despite statements against him by three eyewitnesses, Kumar was freed of all charges.”
“It is high time for all people to come together irrespective of their religion for speedy justice,” she appealed.
AAP leaders to join fast for a day
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday expressed solidarity with the victims and announced to join Nirpreet Kaur’s indefinite fast for a day. AAP volunteers and leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas, would join her indefinite fast for a day on Friday at Jantar Mantar, a statement from AAP said.
The infant political party, which has already announced it would be contesting all 70 assembly seats in Delhi this November, possibly did not wish to lose an opportunity to build on the voter base to garner votes. With a population of 10-10.5 lakh, the Sikh community can swing votes in as many as 10 Assembly constituencies across the city.