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Sajjan pleads not guilty to Sikhs one last time

May 10, 2004 10:25 AM IST

Congress candidate Sajjan Kumar claimed he was never involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, adding that he was ?framed? by his political opponents.

In a gathering of Sikhs from different parts of Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, Congress candidate Sajjan Kumar on Saturday claimed he was never involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, adding that he was “framed” by his political opponents.

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Recalling the days when anti-Sikh riots rocked the Capital, Kumar said, his family had provided shelter to 20 Sikh families and his wife cooked food for them.

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“We organised relief camps for the victims. I donated blood for the injured. Many Sikh brothers joined hands with me to help the community. It was a sincere effort on my part,” he added.

Pointing towards the long trial, Kumar said, even the courts have bailed him out of the charges and the opposition was unnecessarily making it an election issue. “I swear by Gurh Maharaj (my God) and my children that I was not involved. If I am lying, God should not give food or water to my family,” he said. Sikh had gathered to assure him their support in elections.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi, Ahmed Patel, said the riots is biggest black spot on humanity but people should try to forgive. “After every riot there are political allegations. Those who forgive and help in building the community are regarded as great people,” he said.

Illicit liquor haul

An illicit liquor storehouse was raided and more than 11,000 bottles of liquor seized by the Crime and Railways department of Delhi Police early on Sunday.

One Lalit was arrested in the raid. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the godown allegedly run by Lalit and located at Samaipur village in Prashant Vihar area of North-West Delhi. More than 370 cartons of country liquor were seized.        

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