Some two thousand Sikhs demonstrated in the Indian capital of New Delhi, on July 15, against the government's handling of the recent unrest in the Sikh province of Punjab.
GV Sikh temple in New Delhi, demonstrators gathering in front of the temple.
GV Demonstration in progress, demonstrators with garlands and torchlights, with police escort. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Police running.
GV Demonstrators trying to break police cordon, demonstrators arrested, escorted to police car, being driven away. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Some two thousand Sikhs demonstrated in the Indian capital of New Delhi, on July 15, against the government's handling of the recent unrest in the Sikh province of Punjab. The Sikhs conducted a torchlight procession in bright sunlight to indicate that the government has lost all sight of the situation in Punjab and cannot even see in daylight. As the protesters tried to make their way to the government offices, police stopped them and arrested 20 Sikhs. There were no reports of any violence on this demonstration, but in the troubled Punjab province the situation remained critical. On July 14, four policemen were hacked to death by a gang of Sikhs in the town of Karputhala. The situation in Punjab, where most of India's 12 million Sikhs live, has deteriorated since the leader of a Sikh militant movement rejected talks with the government three weeks ago. The Sikhs are demanding a number of religious and political concessions from the government, including greater autonomy for Punjab.