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‘Hang me if you can’t hang Sajjan’

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 01, 2013
First Published: 00:33 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(1/5/2013)

A shattered Jagdish Kaur sat stunned in the chair on the front row after the judge acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on Tuesday.

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Kaur, 75, had lost her husband, young son and three cousins in the massacre in the Delhi Cantonment area that took place in the aftermath of then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination and was the complainant in the case. Hearing the verdict, Kaur broke down in court.

The victims and the CBI were banking heavily on her statement of having seen Kumar lead a riotous mob. A mob had entered her home in Raj Nagar area and burnt alive her husband Kehar Singh and son Gurpreet. Many others were also stabbed.

“Hang me, if you cannot hang him (Sajjan). Kumar murdered my whole family and now he has been freed. So kill me also,” she alleged, rooted to her chair. She refused to leave the court even after sessions judge JR Aryan left after pronouncing the judgment.

 “I will not leave till I get justice. I will die here. I will sit here till Kumar is held guilty for the crime he committed and gets death penalty, she said.

She sat there for an hour till she was physically lifted and evicted by a woman cop.

“I have carried around this wound for the past 29 years and now I have lost all hope,” she said.

While concluding its final arguments, the CBI had said that it had limited itself to what each of the witnesses, mainly Kaur, had seen at the time of the incident. “The witnesses had given honest versions of what they all had seen during the riots,” it had said.

But the court while acquitting Kumar found merit in his argument that there were material contradictions in the statements of the witnesses, including Kaur, and they had given varying versions in the court.


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