'84 riots: Witness heard cries of people throughout night



New Delhi: A woman witness, who lost five of her family members, including the husband and a son during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Thursday claimed before a court conducting trial against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar that she had heard cries of people throughout a night.

"I kept praying throughout the night. During the night, I could hear the cries of people who were being brought out and attacked in that part of Raj Nagar where the incharge of the police post had gone and could also see smoke rising from that area. I also heard the sound of firing," Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

The 69-year-old witness was being cross examined for the seventh day in a row during the on-going trial against Kumar and others.

"Thereafter, some noble human beings came to me and told me that the dead bodies were lying for the last three days and the bodies would decompose and asked me as to what should be done to the bodies," Kaur said.

The witness, who was confronted with her previous affidavit submitted before Justice G T Nanavati Commission which inquired the sequence of events leading to the riots, was found to have made some "improvements" as pointed out by counsel for accused Anil Kumar Sharma during her cross examination.

Kaur, who came to the national capital from Amritsar to depose in the case, narrated the turn of events as to how she went to Cantonment area to seek help as her husband Kehar Singh worked in the MES of Indian Army.

She also claimed that she had gone to the police station along with an Army officer but nothing came out of it.

Meanwhile, senior counsel H S Phoolka, appearing on behalf of the victims, pointed out to the court that the cross examination of Kaur, who suffered from high blood pressure, was being dragged too long as it was the seventh day of the proceedings.

Kaur's cross examination remained inconclusive and would resume tomorrow.

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.

Kaur's family members were killed in the riots that had followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

CBI had filed two chargesheets against Kumar and others on January 13 in the riots cases registered in 2005 on the recommendation of Nanavati Commission.

PTI