1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Anti-Sikh Riots: Witness Who Claimed Police Helped Rioters Concludes Statement


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Jun 17, 2004
Anti-Sikh riots: Witness who claimed police helped rioters concludes statement

A Delhi court on Thursday completed the recording statement of a witness who alleged the police had virtually helped the rioters during 1984 anti-Sikh riots here as counsel of senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others wrapped up his cross examination.

Joginder Singh recorded his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta who is conducting the trial against Kumar and four others.

In his examination, Singh identified Kumar's co-accused ex-MLA Mahender Yadav, ex-councillor Balwan Khokar and Kishan Khokar and Captain Bhagmal as those involved in the riots that had followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The 53-year-old witness, whose father-in-law was also killed in the riots, had said the mob was led by Khokar brothers and Yadav.

He had also narrated how the houses were burnt by mobs and how Sikhs and wing Commander Punnu, who once chased away the accused, were killed during the riots.

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In his cross examination, the witness said he had not seen the politician during the carnage.

CBI, however, said Singh had never claimed to have seen Kumar during the riots but is a witness to the involvement of other accused Balwan Khokhar, Krishan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav and Captain Bhagmal.

The probe agency is likely to produce a new witness tomorrow in the on-going trial.

Kumar, along with others, is facing trial for the killing of five persons at Delhi Cantonment during the riots.

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


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