1984 riots: Victim claims to have witnessed carnage

New Delhi: A man, who lost his three brothers in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Thursday told a Delhi court, trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, that he had witnessed the carnage and did not keep mum deliberately.

"It is incorrect to suggest that I was aware of setting up of different committees and commissions or that since I have not witnesses anything I therefore remained silent till 2007.

"It is incorrect to suggest that during the relevant period in November 1984, I was neither in Delhi nor witnessed anything or that because of this reason I am giving different versions before CBI, magistrate or before this court" witness Jagsher Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

To a question why he did not lodge a report after having seen the incidents, Singh said his father and brother had already made the complaints.

He also testified that he met senior counsel H S Phoolka, who was taking up riots victims' cases, only once or twice in recent time.

Deposing during his cross-examination, he denied the suggestion by a defence counsel that he was testifying falsely as he did not witness the incidents.

Singh's cross examination, which continued for 12 days, ended and CBI is likely to produce another witness on Monday, the next date of hearing.

In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in the court Sajjan Kumar as one who had allegedly provoked the mob to kill his brothers during the carnage.

43-year-old Singh is a cousin of complainant Jagdish Kaur whose husband Kehar Singh and a son were also killed during the riots.

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 that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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