1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Witness Tells Court How Rioters Attacked Victims' In 1984


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A man, whose three brothers were killed in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, told a court on Monday trying senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as to how the rioters targeted and attacked the houses in which the victims had taken shelter.

"I saw that the mob armed with lathis and sarias (canes and iron rods) had entered the house of my sister Jagdish Kaur and side window was completely demolished and the iron gate was dismantled," witness Jagsher Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta.

"On November 1, 1984, our house was also attacked... the rioters attacked our house and burnt furniture, motorcycle etc," he said while being cross examined for the fourth day.

The witness also related the turn of events leading to the killing of her sister's husband and a son during the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

The cross examination of the witness remained inconclusive and is likely to continue tomorrow.

In his testimony on October 19, Singh had identified in the court Kumar as one who had allegedly provoked the mob to kill his brothers during the carnage.

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.

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.

How many times should a victim dig open the wounds of 1984 publicly to get justice? Was this the first time this victim explained the horrendous act? How much more investigation is required and how many more sworn statements are required to conclude the case? Looking at the way the investigating agencies are functioning, Sajjan Kumar and the others involved will probably die their natural deaths before the investigation concludes.


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Against Kamal Nath, victims had to go to the US to get justice and they did under provisions of international law. However it was monetary justice. That is something I suppose.

The reason is probably universal and classic in its own way. Not limited to India. Too much at risk that could be exposed in the course of seeking and finding justice. Too many people have reason to stay mum. Too many have reason to stall. Too many have too much to lose.

And another problem. Loyalties cross political lines in the strangest ways sometimes. One really cannot know for certain who is friend and who is foe in such narratives.



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