Sajjan: Sikhs protest at Sonia doorstep

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 09:02 hrs

Sikh groups continued to protest against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, taking their stir at the door step of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday shortly before noon.

Angry protesters climbed over police barricades and shouted slogans and tried to march towards the gate of 10 Janpath Road, the residence of Sonia Gandhi, demanding justice.

They clashed with police who arrested some of them and took away in vans. They also burnt effigies of Congress leaders.

"Down with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi," shouted the protesters.

On Wednesday, a day after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar of all charges in a case connected to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sikh protesters demostrated against the verdict on the tracks of Subhash Nagar metro station.

Protesters entered Subhash Nagar metro station and stopped a metro train.

The court on Tuesday acquitted Kumar but convicted Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal for murder and rioting.

Kishan Khokkar and Mahender Yadav were convicted for rioting.

The case is connected to the murder of five Sikhs in Delhi´s Cantonment area in 1984.

The riots erupted in Delhi and elsewhere following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Kumar and others were also charged for the offence of spreading enmity between two communities.

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