1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Ex-councilor's Brother Defends Sajjan In 1984 Riot Case


1947-2014 (Archived)
New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Kishan Khokkar, brother of a former city councillor Balwant Khokkar, facing trial along with former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating to the killing of six persons, today told a city court that the ex-MP had not provoked him or any mob to kill Sikhs.
Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta concluded the recording of statement of Kishan Khokkar, a driver, who said it is incorrect that Kumar had instigated him and other co-accused to "kill all the Sikhs and to participate in 1984 violence".

He said he was falsely implicated in the case.

"It is incorrect to say that Sajjan Kumar was provoking the mob saying no sardar (Sikh) should be left alive and that all their remaining houses should be burnt down. Sajjan had not asked anyone to kill all those who gave shelter to Sikhs," Khokkar said.

He denied Sajjan had ever provoked the mob to "kill all Sikhs as they had killed his (Sajjan) mother (Indira Gandhi)".

"It is incorrect that we (accused) were in a mob, holding iron rods and chanting slogans--Long live Indira Gandhi, kill all the Sikhs," said Khokkar.

The judge posed a total of 277 questions to Khokkar who replied to most saying either "I do not know" or "it is incorrect". .


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