Witness tells court how rioters attacked victims` in 1984

A man, whose three brothers were killed in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Monday told a court trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as to how the rioters targeted and attacked the houses in which the victims had taken shelter.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 20:38 PM IST

New Delhi: A man, whose three brothers were killed in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Monday told a court trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as to how the rioters targeted and attacked the houses in which the victims had taken shelter.

"I saw that the mob armed with lathis and sarias (canes and iron rods) had entered the house of my sister Jagdish Kaur and side window was completely demolished and the iron gate was dismantled," witness Jagsher Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

"On November one, 1984, our house was also attacked... the rioters attacked our house and burnt furniture, motorcycle etc," he said while being cross examined for the fourth day.

The witness also related the turn of events leading to the killing of her sister`s husband and a son during the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The cross examination of the witness remained inconclusive and is likely to continue tomorrow.

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 GT Nanavati Commission.

PTI