1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar to surrender today
Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is all set to surrender before Karkardooma Court or Tihar jail authorities in New Delhi on Monday.
In a statement on Sunday, HS Phoolka, one of the petitioners in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, said, “It is apprehended that Sajjan Kumar might try to create disturbances around the court tomorrow, to use as an excuse not to surrender and ask for an extension. I request 1984 Sikh genocide victims not to go to the court tomorrow. He has not got any relief from the Supreme Court. So, he has to surrender.”
Speaking to the news agency ANI, HS Phoolka said, “He simply has to go to the court tomorrow and surrender. If he does not do that, then on January 1 the police will have to take him in custody and send him to Tihar Jail. This is a very big victory for the entire nation, as a mass murderer is going to be punished after years.”
Earlier on December 22, Sajjan Kumar’s plea which sought more time to surrender was rejected by the Delhi High Court. On 17th December, Delhi High Court sentence life imprisonment to Sajjan Kumar for his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot. the Court had directed Sajjan Kumar to surrender by December 31 and also levied a fine of Rs 5 lakh on him
The Delhi High Court had reversed the acquittal granted to Sajjan Kumar by a trial court in 2013. The case pertains to the murder of five members of a Sikh family in Delhi Cantonment area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
As per official records, over 2,700 Sikhs were killed across India after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh, and Beant Singh.