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NEW DELHI: The Congress party’s decision to give ticket to the son of Sajjan Kumar, who is a prime accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections has come under criticism.
The Congress, which was forced to withdraw another 1984 riots accused Jagdish Tytler in the 2009 elections in the wake of the famous shoe-throwing incident, has now fielded Sajjan Kumar’s son Jagparvesh Kumar from the Sangam Vihar assembly constituency for the Delhi assembly elections due next month. Interestingly, Sajjan Kumar’s uncle Ramesh Kumar is Congress MP from South Delhi.
“The Congress does not care about the sentiments of the victims. And though the Congress has said that it has denied tickets to those guilty of 1984 riots, it is not true,’’ HS Phulka, counsel for the victims of the 1984 riots, was quoted as saying by FirstPost.
Phoolka said it is because of Sajjan Kumar that his son was getting the Congress ticket. Sikhs make about 5 percent of Delhi’s population.
Sajjan Kumar is one the many Congress leaders who have been accused of orchestrating the anti-Sikh riots in three cases the national capital after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi that reportedly led to deaths of 3,000 Sikhs.
A lower court recently acquitted Sajjan Kumar in a riots case in which five people were killed in the Delhi Cantonment area in November 1984. But the CBI has challenged his acquittal in the Delhi high court.