May 15, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Patiala, Punjab (May 15, 2013): It is learnt that the activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Dakaunda held a rally protest rally, on May 14, 2013 at Patiala against acquittal of Sikh genocide accused Sajjan Kumar. The protesters took out a march, burnt effigies and submitted a charter of demands against the recent order by a Delhi court to acquit Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the November 1984 Sikh massacre case.
According to a news report by The Hindu: “[t]he speakers at the rally, who included the faction’s Punjab general secretary, Jagmohan Singh, treasurer Ram Singh and Patiala district president Darshan Pal, took strong exception to the partisan role played by the Union government, in preventing justice to the victim families, who have been waiting for it for 29 years”.
“According to Prof. Darshan Pal, the speakers had highlighted that the civil liberties’ groups, including PUCL and PUDR, had published their reports about the massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs that was carried through a planned conspiracy. These organisations had provided the list of those responsible for the carnage, in which the name of Mr. Sajjan Kumar along with other leaders had figured”, the report reads further.
The speakers reportedly said that after prolonged legal wrangles, while Mr. Sajjan Kumar was acquitted, the Union government and the justice delivery system had only rubbed salt into the wounds of the relatives of those who had been butchered in the days in the aftermath of the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
After the rally, amid heavy police deployment, the BKU activists organised a march to the Patiala administration’s headquarters, where they burnt effigies of the Union government and Mr. Sajjan Kumar.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Patiala G.S. Chahal accepted a memorandum from the protesters who demanded immediate action against those responsible for the massacre as well as the arrest of Mr. Sajjan Kumar.
It is notable that on April 30, 2013 a Delhi court dramatically acquittal Sajjan Kumar in Delhi Cant area massacre case.
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Related Topics: 1984 Sikh Genocide, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Dakaunda, Indian State, November 1984, Patiala, Sajjan Kumar