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NCM member trying to influence witnesses: 84 riots victim

One of a key witnesses in case against senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his alleged involvement in anti Sikh riots of 1984 has charged a member of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) for working on behest of the Congress leader and trying to pressurise her for a patch up with Sajjan Kumar.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 16, 2011 20:42 IST
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One of a key witnesses in case against senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his alleged involvement in anti Sikh riots of 1984 has charged a member of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) for working on behest of the Congress leader and trying to pressurise her for a patch up with Sajjan Kumar.

Nirpreet Kaur (42) who has already recorded her statement before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in case against Kumar said on Saturday that NCM member, HS Hanspal had allegedly offered her Rs 3 crore and other things for not giving any testimony against Congress leader in the case.

Kaur, who was of 16 years at the time of riots, said that in 2008 she had recorded her statement before CBI, since then Sajjan Kumar through his men is trying to put pressure on her to change the statement.

Demanding removal of Hanspal as member NCM and lodging case against him she said, "First time Hanspal met me in April last year through a common friend. He offered me money when he came to meet me in May last year".

She claimed that she has recordings of people who have tried to pay her in lieu of changing her statement and will make these recordings public at suitable time.

Expressing apprehensions that there can be attempts to influence witnesses in other cases related to 84 riots she said that the state government should take responsibility for providing adequate security to these people.

According to Kaur, her father Nirmal Singh was brunt alive in front of her eyes by a mob in New Delhi on November 1, 1984.