Hundreds of Sikhs and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists gathered outside the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday morning to protest against former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. A Delhi court had on Tuesday acquitted Sajjan Kumar on charges of his involvement in the riots case.
From 10 am onwards, Sikhs and SAD activists gathered outside 10 Janpath, and started shouting slogans demanding justice. Angry protestors also burnt effigies of Sajjan Kumar.
However, Sonia Gandhi was away in Karnataka campaigning for the upcoming state assembly elections there.
The protestors demanded the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the anti-Sikh riots, while some of them shouted slogans stating that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should move the High Court against Kumar’s acquittal.
The protests continued till about 2.15 pm, but by then police had barricaded Janpath road and stopped traffic movement. Following this, police officers took away the protestors in buses and released them later.
Jagdish Kaur, whose son and husband were lynched by the anti-Sikh rioters, said Sikhs have suffered grave injustice. It may be recalled that Jagdish Kaur had refused to leave the court premises on Tuesday after Sajjan was acquitted. Kaur is also a witness in the case against Sajjan Kumar.