1984 riots: Victim claims to have witnessed carnage

Last Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 21:29

New Delhi: A man, who lost his three brothers
in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Thursday told a Delhi court, trying
senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, that he had witnessed the
carnage and did not keep mum deliberately.

"It is incorrect to suggest that I was aware of setting up
of different committees and commissions or that since I have
not witnesses anything I therefore remained silent till
2007.
"It is incorrect to suggest that during the relevant
period in November 1984, I was neither in Delhi nor witnessed
anything or that because of this reason I am giving different
versions before CBI, magistrate or before this court" witness
Jagsher Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

To a question why he did not lodge a report after having
seen the incidents, Singh said his father and brother had
already made the complaints.

He also testified that he met senior counsel H S Phoolka,
who was taking up riots victims` cases, only once or twice in
recent time.

Deposing during his cross-examination, he denied the
suggestion by a defence counsel that he was testifying falsely
as he did not witness the incidents.

Singh`s cross examination, which continued for 12 days,
ended and CBI is likely to produce another witness on Monday,
the next date of hearing.

In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in
the court Sajjan Kumar as one who had allegedly provoked the
mob to kill his brothers during the carnage.
43-year-old Singh is a cousin of complainant Jagdish Kaur
whose husband Kehar Singh and a son were also killed during
the riots.

Kaur had on July 3 identified Kumar and his nephew Khokkar
and other accused Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal as
accomplices who had allegedly instigated mobs during the 1984
carnage that followed the assassination of the then Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi.

CBI filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on
January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the
recommendation of the G T Nanavati Commission.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 21:29

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