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Acquittal of Sajjan Kumar – Sikh protesters blocked rail traffic in Punjab

May 5, 2013 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (May 05, 2013): It is learnt that protesting against the acquittal of Indian politician Sajjan Kumar, the victims of Sikh genocide 1984 along with members of Sikh bodies blocked the Amritsar–New Delhi railway track at Amritsar at 5.30 am on May 05, 2013. The protesters reportedly stopped the Howrah Amritsar mail, Andaman Express (Jammu – Chennai) and goods train near Gurdwara Sri Dukhniwaran Sahib.

Sikh protesters blocked railway tracks to protest against acquittal of Sajjan Kumar

Hundreds of protesters including women and children, who protested against denial of justice to the victims of Sikh Genocide 1984, sat on dharna for four hours on railway tracks.

As per media reports the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar also joined the protest and then called it off at 9:30 am after performing prayer to get justice.

It is worth mentioning that thousands of Sikhs were massacred during the first week of November 1984 in Delhi and elsewhere in India. The killings of Sikhs were carried out in form of different massacres, that were part of a wider plan of genocide of Sikhs.

Indian state system did not only suffered the failure to deliver justice to the victims and try/punish the culprits; rather it patronized and rewarded the culprits with political seats.

Sajjan Kumar is an Indian politician who was able to evade investigation or trial in November 1984 Sikh massacres related cases for more than two decades.

Indian system took 29 years to conclude a case against Sajjan Kumar. Sajjan Kumar was facing charges of instigating the killings of Sikhs at Delhi cantonment area in this case.

It was only after the recommendations of Justice G. T. Nanavati Commission in 2005 that FIR in this case was registered against him. The CBI had filed charge-sheet against Sajjan Kumar and five others in 2010 in this case.

On April 30, 2013 the trial court the District and Sessions Judge J. R. Aryan acquitted Sajjan Kumar while convicting five others -Balwan Khokkar, an ex-councillor, Mahender Yadav, an ex-MLA, Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal.

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