Sajjan: Sikhs protest near Parliament

Last Updated: Mon, May 06, 2013 13:01 hrs

Sikh protesters on Monday demonstrated near the Parliament House here over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

According to reports, more than 200 protesters demonstrated at Vijay Chowk which is located close to the Parliament House and blocked the traffic for nearly an hour.

The protesters shouted slogans against the ruling Congress.

Due to the protest, several Members of Parliament (MPs ) had to walk from Vijay Chowk to the Parliament.

The area was later cleared after the demonstrators courted arrest, reports said.

Demonstrating against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Sikh protesters on Sunday marched towards the 7 Race Course Road residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here.

The Sikhs, who had been protesting since April 30 over the anti-Sikh riots verdict, were stopped at a point while trying to march towards the PM house. The slogan shouting Sikhs also broke one barricade.

Some of the protesters were detained inside the Parliament Street police station.

On May 1, a day after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court acquitted Sajjan Kumar of all charges in a case connected to the riots, Sikh protesters demonstrated against the verdict on the tracks of Subhash Nagar metro station here.

The court on Tuesday last (April 30) acquitted Sajjan 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.

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