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Witness identifies Sajjan, narrates how her father was killed

A woman witness Thursday identified senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others before a Delhi court and related how her father was killed by a mob in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Updated: Jan 06, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

New Delhi: A woman witness Thursday identified
senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others before a Delhi
court and related how her father was killed by a mob in the
1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of the then
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Nirpreet Kaur deposed how accused Balwan Khokhar and
Mahender Yadav took her father on a scooter and later burnt
him to death after taking a match box from a policeman,
besides testifying how she herself faced harassment.

"The mob caught hold of my father, Ishwar Sharabi
sprinkled kerosene oil over him... Inspector Kaushik gave a
match box which was taken by Kishan who set on fire my father.

"The mob had gone a little ahead and my father jumped
into a drain. When the mob saw that my father is alive they
returned. Dhanraj gave ropes from his shop. Captain Bhagmal
tied my father with ropes to a telephone pole. And my father
was again set on fire," the 42-year-old witness told
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

Kaur recounted how her father again jumped into the drain
but the mob again came and hit him with rods.

The witness also deposed how she saw Sajjan Kumar
addressing a mob and allegedly provoking it to attack and kill
the Sikh.

Kaur alleged Sajjan was saying "No Sardar (Sikh) should
be left alive. All their remaining houses should be burnt
down. Kill all the Sikhs as they have killed my mother,"

She recorded in her statement how she was allegedly
harassed by different security agencies since she was a
witness to the killing of her father as 16-year-old girl.

She also told the court that she was booked in three
different TADA cases--two in Delhi and one in Punjab.
"I was having a feeling of anguish that injustice is
being done to Sikhs and nobody is coming to their help so I
joined the Sikh Student Federation. In 1984, I was 16 years of
age.

"At that time, I was a student. After I joined Sikhs
Student Federation, I was involved in two false cases of TADA.
I remained in jail for many years. In one case, I was
acquitted while in another case, I was discharged. In Punjab
also, I was implicated in a case pertaining to TADA. In that
case also, I was discharged," the witness said.
She also alleged before the court that during the hearing
in the present case, she came to know about the "collusion"
between police officials and the accused, resulting in
acquittal in that case relating to the killing of her father
Nirmal Singh who used to a run transport service.

Kaur identified five accused Sajjan, Balwan, Kishan,
Mahender and Captain Bhagmal who are facing trial relating to
the killings of six persons at Delhi Cantt during the riots.

PTI