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In meeting with President, parties seek justice for 1984 riot victims

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 9, 2013
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-meeting-with-president-parties-seek-justice-for-1984-riot-victims/1113295/0

'GENOCIDE' Seek independent probe by an SC-monitored SIT, appeal against Sajjan Kumar acquittal.

Leaders of various political parties including the BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, TDP, JMM, INLD, BJD and JD(U) on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in directing the government to order an independent and impartial probe by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the 1984 anti-Sikh "genocide".

The delegation also handed over a memorandum to Mukherjee. Among those who met the President were L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The delegation demanded an investigation into the role played by police officers in refusing to register FIRs, and vigorously prosecute the guilty, especially senior Congress leaders, which allegedly led to their being acquitted.

"We requested the President that today the whole nation is looking at him, because we feel the present government will not give justice. It has been 29 years since this murder of thousands of people took place in Delhi. Innocents were murdered, children were murdered, women were murdered, old people were murdered, (but) not a single person has been put behind bars," Sukhbir Badal told reporters after the meeting.

The delegation's meeting with the President came against the backdrop of the public outcry over the acquittal of senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in an anti-Sikh riots case by a Delhi court recently. Angry Sikhs have taken to the streets to protest against the ruling and to demand the reopening of the case against him.

The leaders demanded that the challan in the case against Sajjan Kumar be filed immediately, and that the probe against another Congress leader, Jagdish Tytler, be carried out expeditiously.

The delegation demanded that an appeal be filed by the state immediately against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, and that the government take steps to ensure day-to-day hearings and disposal of the appeal within three months.

Earlier in the day, the Punjab Chief Minister and his son met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed him a memorandum demanding justice for the victims of the 1984 riots.

Nirpreet kaur breaks fast on sixth day

Nirpreet Kaur, a key witness and victim of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, broke her six-day protest fast Wednesday following an appeal by the Akal Takht. Representatives of the Takht told her that she was an integral part of the fight for justice, and the Sikh community could not afford to lose her.

The govt accepted two of the protesters' demands. "One, the CBI has said that they would finalise the missing chargesheet in the Nangloi case and file it in court shortly. Two, the CBI will appeal in the high court against Sajjan Kumar's acquittal," Jarnail Singh, media coordinator, said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir visited Nirpreet at Jantar Mantar to inquire after her health and promise her support. Nirpreet was taken to RML Hospital after her blood pressure and sugar levels plunged. Her condition was learnt to have stabilised subsequently.
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