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1984 SIKHS FOR JUSTICE: After 26 years Sajjan Kumar Gets Charged for Murder

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    The sustained struggle for Justice by victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide, Human Rights Advocacy group Sikhs For Justice and All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF) bore fruit when a Delhi Court finally framed charges against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in killing of Sikhs during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. The charges are framed under Murder; Looting, Dacoity and Robbery and Spreading enmity between communities.

    This case relates to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi by a mob led by Sajjan Kumar and other accused during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.

    Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta allowed CBI's plea seeking prosecution of Sajjan Kumar under various sections of Indian Penal Code after finding prima facie evidence against him. Besides Sajjan Kumar, the other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar.

    The court further decided to record statements of witnesses from August 23, 2010, commencing the trial.

    On July 3, 2010, Jagdish Kaur, a witness in the Delhi Cantonment case, during her cross examination in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta identified Sajjan Kumar as a person instigating the mob during the massacre. Court had already framed charges against Sajjan Kumar in the case registered at Delhi Cantonment in connection with the murder of seven persons.

    In January 2010, CBI filed these two charge sheets, one pertaining to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and other pertaining to killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar. As per the charge sheet filed by the CBI, during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Sajjan Kumar ordered local police officials to fire at Sikhs because of which three Sikhs were killed at Sultanpuri, Delhi. CBI also alleged that Sajjan Kumar instigated the mobs to burn Sikhs alive and he in collusion with one Bhatia, SHO Sultanpuri police station and other police officers led the mob. The CBI stated that the statements recorded by all the eyewitnesses are reliable and there are no contradictions.

    Senior counsel H.S. Phoolka, representing the victims stated that finally, a ray of hope for the victims can be seen.

    Gurpatwant S Pannun, Legal Advisor of Sikhs for Justice stated that this is an important development and he is hopeful that the perpetrators of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide will be punished.

    AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammed stated that though delayed, he is hopeful that justice will be done. He stated that the wounds of the Sikh community will be healed only after the killers of the Sikhs are punished by law.

    Newspaper Coverage:
    Sultanpuri case: Sajjan booked for murder, rioting - Express India
    Charges framed against Sajjan Kumar in anti-Sikh riots case - Delhi - City - The Times of India
    1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Charges framed against Sajjan Kumar
    The Hindu : News / National : Charges framed against Sajjan Kumar in anti-Sikh riots case
    Sajjan Kumar charged with murder & rioting
    1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar charged with murder
    Sajjan Kumar to face trial in another anti-Sikh riots case - dnaindia.com
    1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar charged with murder and rioting
    1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar charged with murder
    1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar charged with murder
    Murder charge framed against Sajjan Kumar
    Delhi court frames murder charges against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar @ www.punjabnewsline.com
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