1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Co-accused Shields Sujjan In '84 Anti-Sikh Riots

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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
New Delhi: A former city councillor, an accused in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case regarding killing of six persons in Delhi Cantt area on Wednesday told a city court that ex-Congress MP and co-accused Sajjan Kumar did not instigate any mob to kill Sikhs.

"It is incorrect to say that Sajjan Kumar had come in a police vehicle in the area and was addressing the mob," former councillor Balwan Khokkar, facing trial with Kumar and four others, deposed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta, who adjourned the hearing till tomorrow after partially recording his statement.

He also refused a suggestion that Kumar was provoking the mob to kill all the sikhs.

"It is wrong and incorrect to say that Sajjan Kumar was provoking the mob, saying that no sardar (Sikh) should be left alive and that all their remaining houses should be burnt down," Khokkar said.

He denied that Kumar ever provoked the mob to "'kill all Sikhs as they have killed my (Sajjan) mother (Indira Gandhi).'"

Three eye witnesses - Nirpreet Kaur, Joginder Singh and Jagdish Kaur - in the case had deposed against Khokkar in the court.

He further said during the riots, he had given shelter to six Sikh families, provided them food and had also went to Air Force gurudwara to see them.


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