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.


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