Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was part of mob which attacked Sikhs: 1984 riots witness
A 70-year-old woman on Tuesday alleged in a Delhi court that Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and certain others were part of a mob which had attacked, looted and burnt houses of Sikhs during the riots in 1984.
New Delhi: A 70-year-old woman on Tuesday alleged in a Delhi court that Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and certain others were part of a mob which had attacked, looted and burnt houses of Sikhs during the riots in 1984.
Deposing as a prosecution witness in an anti-Sikh riots case in which Kumar and three others are facing trial, Prem Kaur told District Judge Rakesh Siddhartha that she was told by her neighbours that Kumar was present in the mob which attacked Sikhs in Sultanpuri here.
"Children were saying that Sajjan Kumar, Jai Kishan, Ratan and Gupta Telwala were in the mob. Some other persons....And many others were saying the same thing in a camp.
"When we came out of our hiding, we were informed by people that our house was looted and burnt by the aforesaid persons named...," the witness, a resident of Sultanpuri, contended. The submission was objected to by the defence.
Kaur said that she cannot recognise perpetrators who had looted and burnt her house as there was smoke at the spot.
Sajjan Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta, Peeriya and Ved Prakash are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting in the case of killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri area of West Delhi.
Kaur, whose deposition remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow, said she had not reported the matter to the cops as neither Delhi Police had come to ask her about the incident nor did she go to police station.
"We did not go to police because it was the police which was also involved in rioting and killing," she alleged.
She said on the morning of November 1, 1984, her husband left for work and news came that Sikhs were being attacked and killed.
"On hearing the news of the attack, I and my children hid ourselves in the residence of our neighbour...We came out the following day as the neighbours stated that we should also go away otherwise they would be put to harm by the mob," she said, adding that apart from her house, other residences of Sikhs were burnt and they were taken to a camp by the Army.