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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom 84 Riots Victim Relates How His 3 Brothers Were Killed


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
84 riots victim relates how his 3 brothers were killed
PTI | 09:10 PM,Oct 25,2010

New Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) A man, who lost his three brothers in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, today related before a Delhi court, which is trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, how he had sought help from an Army officer in order to save his siblings. "I had only stated to him (Major) that my elder brother has already been killed while two were still surviving whom I had not seen and in case help is provided by him then they can be saved," Jagsher Singh deposed before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

However, Singh's brothers were killed by the time the help could be provided by the Army officer. During his cross examination, the witness, who was then working in Military Engineering Services (MES), said he had gone to the Major believing that he would help him. The officer had sent a junior officer with the witness to get a case registered on a complaint. Singh also told the court how the police officers did not take any action on his complaint. "I met a senior officer in the police station Delhi Cantt on November five, 1984. I talked to him for hardly two minutes...I did not tell the officer that he had given a patient hearing regarding Ramavtar Sharma (at whose house, he took shelter). Now, he should record my complaint and take action against the culprits," he testified. In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in the court Kumar as someone who had allegedly provoked the mob to kill his brothers during the carnage after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. 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.

Kaur's family members, including her husband, were killed in the riots. CBI had 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.




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