STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

1984 riots victims cry foul over Sajjan’s acquittal

Published: 01st May 2013 08:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st May 2013 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

After a court acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on Tuesday, protests broke out on the court premises.

Jagdish Kaur, a witness and complainant in the case sat in protest inside the courtroom, after the verdict was announced.

Speaking to the media, she said, “I will not leave the court premises, till I get justice, and justice is done in the case. Hang me if you cannot give me justice. Sajjan Kumar was the main accused, yet he was released. My son, my husband and his brothers were murdered, people were burnt alive, and yet we have got no justice.”

Riot victims’ advocate H S Phoolka said Delhi Police shielded Sajjan. He said “six police officers appeared as defence witnesses and said ‘eyewitnesses are lying, Sajjan Kumar did not come to Raj Nagar in Delhi cantonment.’”

Kumar still faces trial in another 1984 riots case. In a third case, Delhi Police has filed a closure report, saying there was no evidence to implicate him.

Phoolka pointed out that a chargesheet on the anti-Sikh riots case was prepared on April 8, 1992 in which Sajjan is an accused, but even after 20 years it has not been filed in court. He alleged that Delhi Police has been shielding the accused.

“Only 28 people have been sentenced for the murder of 2,733 people in the nationalcapital,” he said.

Sajjan’s acquittal evoked sharp reactions from Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who said the party would not allow the Congress to put a lid on this “biggest-ever massacre”. He said the SAD would continue to fight till all the accused, including Sajjan Kumar, is punished.

Badal said victims who had been waiting for justice for the past 29 years were distraught owing to the connivance between the Congress, CBI and Delhi Police.

“It is ironical that the judgment came on a day when the CBI itself admitted in the apex court that they get crucial files vetted by Congress ministers,” Badal told agencies.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp