1984 riots: Victim identifies Sajjan as accused

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 21:16

New Delhi: One of the victims of 1984
anti-Sikh riots on Tuesday identified in a Delhi court senior
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as an accused who had allegedly
provoked the mob to kill his brothers during the carnage after
the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

"It was an Ambassador car. On seeing that 30-40 persons
collected there, from that car Sajjan Kumar, MP, came out and
he inquired from the persons as to whether they have done the
work, which has been assigned to them.
"He told those persons that they have not done the
assigned work properly. One of the persons told him that they
are helpless as the thekedars (contractors) are being saved by
Hindus only. Thereupon, Kumar told them those Hindus who are
giving shelters to Sikhs be killed and their houses burnt,"
witness Jagsher Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita
Gupta.

Testifying as prosecution witness, Singh alleged that
following the instruction by the leader the mob got excited
and looted his house at Raj Nagar here before setting it on
fire.

The witness identified Kumar, former outer Delhi MP, in
the court.

"I knew Sajjan Kumar because our area was quite backward
and there was sewage problem and he had come to listen to our
grievances... I can identify Sajjan Kumar who is present in
the court today," Singh said.
He also narrated how the mob went on a killing spree
during the riots on November one and two in 1984.

Singh told the court how he recovered half-burnt bodies
of his brothers during the riots.

Singh, who was just 17-18 years of age at the time of the
riots, is one of the victims and his three elders brothers
were killed during the carnage.

He 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.

Kaur`s family members, including her husband, were killed
in the riots.

CBI had 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.

Sajjan Kumar is facing prosecution in two cases in which
he was accused of inciting a mob against the Sikh community in
the aftermath of Indira Gandhi`s assassination.

The trial court had in May this year framed charges
against Kumar and five others under Sections 302 (murder), 395
(dacoity), 427 (mischief to cause damage to property), 153A
(promoting enmity between different communities) and other
provisions of IPC.

CBI had accused Kumar of provoking people against members
of the Sikh community during the carnage that led to the
killing of several persons in Delhi Cantonment area.

Besides Kumar, other accused in the case are Balwan
Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Captain Bhagmal and
Girdhari Lal.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 21:16

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