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Sajjan acquittal: SAD delegation to meet President

New Delhi, May 8 : Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday and submit a memorandum on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots verdict that acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar.


According to reports, the delegation will be led by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Sikh protesters have been demonstrating in New Delhi since last week over the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Demonstrating against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, 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 Apr 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.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-05-2013)

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