‘84 riots: Sajjan Kumar denies inciting mob

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 18:46

New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Sajjan
Kumar, facing trial for his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh
riots case involving the killings of six people in city
cantonment area, on Monday vehemently denied in a Delhi court the
allegations that he had incited a mob to slaughter Sikhs.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita
Gupta, the former outer Delhi MP asserted that the
testimonies, given by other witnesses in this case against
him, were at the instance of his political rivals.

Kumar emphasised that he did not even visit the area
of occurrence of the crime on the fateful night.

"On the night of November 1, 1984, I did not even go
to the area of Rajnagar nor I incited or threatened anybody.

The allegations against me regarding this are false and have
been made at the instance of my political opponents and CBI
officials.

Kumar is facing trial along with five others including
the former city councillor Balwan Khokkar, for inciting mobs
against the Sikh community and having six of them killed in
city cantonment area during the riots that followed the
assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on
October 31, 1984.

Kumar also vehemently denied that he provoked rioters
in making emotive anti-Sikh slogans like, "Ek bhi sardar
jinda nahi bachna chaiye. Jo ghar sardaron ka bachha hai, usse
bhi jala do. In sardaron ko maro inhone hamari maa ko mara
hain. (Not even a single Sikh should be left alive. Burn their
houses. These Sikhs have killed our mother.)"

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 18:46

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