1984 riots: Witness relates events on killing of his brothers

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 21:33

New Delhi: A witness on Tuesday related before a
Delhi court, which is trying senior Congress leader Sajjan
Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, as to how his brothers
were killed by a mob during the carnage.

"As soon as I entered that gali (alley), I saw one Sikh
wrapped in a woollen shawl was running followed by a number of
persons. I stopped there... The mob started beating him with
rods and set him on fire. When the crowd melted a little, I
went over there and I saw that he was my brother.
"I identified him as my brother Narender Pal Singh. I
identified him by his watch," Jagsher Singh told Additional
Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

Singh was being cross examined for the fifth day in a case
relating to the riots that followed the assassination of then
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The cross examination of the witness remained
inconclusive.

In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in
the court 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.
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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 21:33

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