1984 anti-Sikh riots: Victim accuses police of negative role

Last Updated: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 22:37

New Delhi: A victim of the 1984 anti-Sikh
riots, who lost five family members including her husband,
today told a Delhi court that the police was hand in glove
with rioters and turned a blind eye to the ongoing massacre.

"Delhi police was with the killer rioters and I have no
faith in them," Jagdish Kaur testified before Additional
Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

On being approached several times during the riots, the
police post-in-charge not only refused to lodge the report but
also asked him not to name the accused including Congress
leader Sajjan Kumar, she said.

"The police officer had then told me that the persons
being named by you are very powerful and where you will go
with the surviving family members?" she said.

Kaur narrated the sequence of events saying "on November
2 and 3, I had gone to the police post in the area but the
report was not lodged and the officer told that `abhi aur
log marne hain, ikkathe report likhenge` (many more are yet
die, a collective report will be written)."

"Then, I went to a nearby Gurdwara and from there I went
to Punjab with surviving family members on November 3," she
said.

The court, which is hearing the case on a daily basis,
would record her remaining statement.

Earlier, she had alleged before the court that she had
seen the Congress leader provoking a mob to kill Sikhs.

Kaur lost five family members, including her husband,
in the riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi
on October 31, 1984.

The court had on May 28 framed charges of murder and
spreading enmity between two communities against Kumar in the
riots case, saying there are sufficient grounds for presuming
that the violence was due to a "well-planned conspiracy" in
Delhi Cantonment area.

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.

The court began recording of statements of prosecution
witnesses in the Delhi Cantonment area case.

In a separate case, the same court had decided to
frame charges against the leader and others on July 5 in
connection with the killing of six persons at Sultanpuri area
in north-west Delhi.

Besides the Congress leader, CBI is seeking
prosecution Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Khushal Singh and Ved
Prakash.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 22:37

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