‘Co-accused shields Sajjan in ‘84 anti-Sikh riots’

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 22:14

New Delhi: A former city councillor, an
accused in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case regarding killing of
six persons in Delhi Cantt area on Wednesday told a city court that
ex-Congress MP and co-accused Sajjan Kumar did not instigate
any mob to kill Sikhs.

"It is incorrect to say that Sajjan Kumar had come in a
police vehicle in the area and was addressing the mob," former
councillor Balwan Khokkar, facing trial with Kumar and four
others, deposed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge
Sunita Gupta, who adjourned the hearing till tomorrow after
partially recording his statement.
He also refused a suggestion that Kumar was provoking
the mob to kill all the sikhs.

"It is wrong and incorrect to say that Sajjan Kumar was
provoking the mob, saying that no sardar (Sikh) should be left
alive and that all their remaining houses should be burnt
down," Khokkar said.
He denied that Kumar ever provoked the mob to "`kill all
Sikhs as they have killed my (Sajjan) mother (Indira

Three eye witnesses - Nirpreet Kaur, Joginder Singh
and Jagdish Kaur - in the case had deposed against Khokkar in
the court.

He further said during the riots, he had given shelter
to six Sikh families, provided them food and had also went to
Air Force gurudwara to see them.


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First Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 22:14

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