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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Badal meets PM

New Delhi, May 8 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and demanded for the formation of a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.


Parkash Singh Badal was accompanied by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, reports said.

Speaking to reporters, Parkash Singh Badal said: "We want that a Special Investigation Team be formed and it should probe the cases under the supervision of the Supreme Court."

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 Congress leader 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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