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DSGMC Leaders protest against courts decision, detained by Police

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The acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in an anti-Sikh riots case today triggered protests by the victims, their families and Sikh organisations in the Capital.

The police had a tough time controlling the large number of protesters who tried to enter the trial court in the Karkardooma complex immediately after the Judge had pronounced the judgement. Jagdish Kaur, complainant in the case relating to the killing of five Sikhs in the Delhi Cantonment area during the November 1984 riots, sat on a protest inside the courtroom, demanding justice.

The protesting families of the victims said justice had been denied to them. The police detained several protesters, including a man who threw a shoe inside the courtroom. Akali MP Naresh Gujral said the party would pursue the cases relentlessly till justice was delivered.

The protesters broke the police barricade and opened the iron gate despite the presence of a large police force and members of the Rapid Action Force. The policemen finally gheraoed the protesters and pushed them out.

Nirpreet Kaur, one of the eyewitnesses in the case, said there was no hope of justice. "But we will go to the High Court for further legal action. The judgement has come to us as a major shock."

Baby, who resides in Tilak Vihar, said: “We have been fighting the case for the past 29 years. All the eyewitnesses have given their statements. We have given up hope for justice after today’s judgement. Eight members of my family were killed by rioters.”

Leela Kaur said: “ If he (Sajjan Kumar) is not guilty, what was he doing during the riots in his area. Being MP, where was he when Sikhs were being killed? I lost 10 persons of my family. The family has 10 widows." A distraught Darshan Kaur alleged that Sajjan Kumar had been able to get away because of his political clout. Senior DSGMC leaders, president Manjit Singh (GK), general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Kuldeep Singh Bhogal and Onkar Singh Thapar, also joined the protest. The protestors were detained but later released.

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