Hindu was arrested for giving shelter to Sikh in 1984: Witness
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 23:32
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court was on Wednesday, told by a witness, who lost his 3 brothers during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, that a Hindu man was arrested by the police for giving shelters to Sikhs.

During the on-going trial against senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, the witness said "I met Major Yadav and told him that the person who had saved us has been arrested. He sent an Army officer to Sadar Bazar police station where we met 1officer and I informed him that Ramavtar Sharma saved us and he had been arrested..."

Jagsher Singh, who deposed before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, however, denied a suggestion by a defence counsel that the fact of arrest of Sharma was for the first time disclosed by him in court.

It was at the house of Sharma that the victims' family had taken shelter during the carnage.

"I had stated this fact before CBI but it was not recorded by them. It is incorrect to suggest that I never stated this fact before CBI or that now at the instance of CBI officials, I am deposing this fact before court," he said.

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

His cross examination remained inconclusive and is likely to resume on November 10.

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.

CBI had filed 2 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: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 23:32


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