Cops among 1984 rioters: Witness to court

A victim did not go to police station after anti-Sikh riots as cops were among rioters.

New Delhi: A woman, who lost five of her
family members in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Monday claimed before a
Delhi court trying Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others
that she did not go to the police station after the incident
as policemen were among the rioters.

"I did not want to go the police station because the
police officials were among the rioters," Jagdish Kaur told
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

Recording her statement before the court, she said "I had
lost faith in everybody and therefore I did not approach the
Chief Minister, Home Minister or any other Minister in Punjab
or any other authority."

To a question posed by counsel S A Hashmi, appearing for
accused Balwan Khokhar, nephew of Sajjan Kumar, the
69-year-old witness said she came to know about CBI only when
they approached her for recording her statement.

The witness, during her cross examination, claimed she saw
the mob on the fateful day killing and burning alive of her
three brothers Narender Pal, Raghuvinder Singh and Kuldeep
Singh, which she had not recorded in her affidavit before
different Commissions.

Earlier, before the court could resume proceedings
relating to cross examination of witness, senior advocate R S
Cheema, appearing for CBI, contended the affidavits and
statements filed by the witnesses before Commissions set up
under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, could not be used
for the purpose of contradicting the testimony of the

The arguments of CBI`s advocate Cheema was opposed by the
counsel for the accused who argued that the statements made
before Nanawati and Rangnath Mishra Commissions formed the
very basis for registration of the FIR and CBI had relied on
those versions.

The court is conducting the trial against Kumar and others
on a day-to-day basis.

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

Kaur`s family members were killed in the riots that had
followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31,

The cross examination of Kaur remained inconclusive and
would resume on July 15.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on
January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the
recommendation of Justice G T Nanavati Commission which
inquired into the sequence of events leading to the riots.


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