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Witness who claimed police helped 1984 rioters concludes statement

Last Updated: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 20:29

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday completed the
recording statement of a witness who alleged the police had
virtually helped the rioters during 1984 anti-Sikh riots here
as counsel of senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others
wrapped up his cross examination.

Joginder Singh recorded his statement before Additional
Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta who is conducting the trial
against Kumar and four others.
In his examination, Singh identified Kumar`s co-accused
ex-MLA Mahender Yadav, ex-councillor Balwan Khokar and Kishan
Khokar and Captain Bhagmal as those involved in the riots that
had followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The 53-year-old witness, whose father-in-law was also
killed in the riots, had said the mob was led by Khokar
brothers and Yadav.

He had also narrated how the houses were burnt by mobs and
how Sikhs and wing Commander Punnu, who once chased away the
accused, were killed during the riots.

In his cross examination, the witness said he had not seen
the politician during the carnage.

CBI, however, said Singh had never claimed to have seen
Kumar during the riots but is a witness to the involvement of
other accused Balwan Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav
and Captain Bhagmal.
The probe agency is likely to produce a new witness
tomorrow in the on-going trial.

Kumar, along with others, is facing trial for the killing
of five persons at Delhi Cantonment during the riots.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on
January 13 in the riot cases registered in 2005 on the
recommendation by G T Nanavati Commission.


First Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 20:29

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