Thousands of Sikhs, some of them waving swords and spears, marched to the Delhi home of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi on Sunday (20 July), to protest at alleged police harassment of their community.
GV Sikh demonstrators carrying banners and marching down street in New Delhi, India (2 shots)
SCU Elderly flag-bearer
SV Demonstrators shouting and carrying banners and sticks
GV Stick and banner-wielding demonstrators confronting police (4 shots)
GV PAN Sikh leaders walking to car and getting in. (2 shots)
GV Cars leaving the scene of confrontation with laders to deliver message to Indian Prime Ministers Mrs Indira Gandhi.
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Background: Thousands of Sikhs, some of them waving swords and spears, marched to the Delhi home of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi on Sunday (20 July), to protest at alleged police harassment of their community. The Sikhs say some members of their faith have been wrongly implicated in the murder of a leader of a breakaway Sikh sect in New Delhi in April.
SYNOPSIS: Four Sikhs have been arrested in connection with the killing of Baba Gurbachan Singh, who until earlier this year led the Nirankaris sect. The Nirankaris, who have their base in the Punjab, regarded Baba Gurbachan singh as a prophet, but they arouse strong resentment because they challenge the authority of Orthodox Sikhs.
Some of those arrested over the shooting have associations with the Akali Sikh Party in the Punjab. This demonstration was organised by Akali leaders who claim the Sikhs in detention are totally innocent of all charges, and that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been involved in a conspiracy to build up an entirely false case against them. The protest was noisy, and there were confrontations with police, but no one was hurt.
Sikh leaders later left the main rally to deliver a written protest to mrs Gandhi. In their letter, they alleged the detention of at least two Sikhs, as well as raids and searches on other eminent Sikhs, was motivated entirely politically.