May 3, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (May 03, 2013): On May 02, 2013 the Delhi witnessed mass protests by Sikhs in wake of acquittal of Sikh genocide accused Sajjan Kumar by an Indian court. Sajjan Kumar was inter-alia facing charges of murder and conspiracy along with five others. The court convicted other accused persons but acquitted Sajjan Kumar.
Sajjan Kumar is an Indian politician belonging to the ruling Congress party. He enjoys state patronage and successfully avoided his arrest for more than last 28 years.
On the second day of protests, Sikh groups shouted slogans outside Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence and the Congress office on May 02. Sonia Gandhi is President of the Congress party and chairperson of ruling alliance – UPA.
The effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sajjan Kumar by burnt by angry Sikh protesters outside Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence.
As per media reports [o]ver a thousand protesters marched towards Sonia Gandhi’s residence, breaking two barricades. But they were blocked by the policemen. Similar scenes were witnessed at 24 Akbar Road (the Congress office).
Delhi Police had reportedly closed down key roads like Janpath, Man Singh Road, Krishna Menon Marg, Akbar Road, Motilal Nehru Road and Maulana Azad Road.
On May 01 Sikhs had staged protests in Delhi’s Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar areas today against Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal.
Two metro stations in West Delhi were closed to commuters for some time yesterday to prevent any untoward incident after protesters stormed the Subhash Nagar station, climbing on to the tracks and metro coaches.
Meanwhile there are reports that members of Mehta Federation also staged a protest against acquittal of Sonia Gandhi at Amritsar.
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Related Topics: 1984 Sikh Genocide, Indian National Congress, November 1984, Sajjan Kumar, Sonia Gandhi