New Delhi: Politicians seem to be firing salvo amidst the protests over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said those disagreeing with the verdict can approach higher court even as Akali Dal has supported the ongoing protests by the Sikh groups.

Sajjan Kumar acquitted in 1984 riots case

"The issue has been politicised. The court has taken a decision and if someone doesn't feel it is right or injustice has been done, they can appeal in higher court. But there is no need to politicise it," Sheila said.

Sajjan Kumar was acquitted on Tuesday by a Delhi court in a case related to the killing of five people in the Delhi Cantonment area during violence against Sikhs following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Meawhile, Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral showed support to the protesters as he said that the “anger is justified.” Gujral said, “Hope that the Supreme Court will wake up and call for an SIT, just like it did in Gujarat.”

Anger grows over acquittal

Earlier in the day, scores of protesters stormed Subhash Nagar metro station in west Delhi demanding stringent punishment for him. Following the protests, Tilak Nagar and Subhash Nagar metro stations were earlier shut down that affected metro services for long.

Holding placards that read "Give justice to '84 victims" and "Hang the culprits who massacred Sikhs", the protesters gathered outside the Tilak Nagar police station in West Delhi, close to a resettlement colony of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

According to reports, families of 1984 riots victims will march to 10 Janpath, Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence, on Thursday.

The protesters raised slogans against the Congress and Sajjan Kumar as they demanded action against other accused in riot cases, including Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, blamed for instigating a mob that led to the murder of three men in a gurdwara in north Delhi on November 1, 1984. On April 10, a Delhi court ordered the reopening of the case against Tytler.

Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal came almost three decades after an estimated 3,000 Sikhs were killed in three days of riots in India's capital and elsewhere.

(JPN/Agencies)

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