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1984 anti-Sikh riot victim stands by her complaint

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 21:15 IST
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The 1984 anti-Sikh riot victim Harvinder Kaur, who lost her husband, son and son-in-law in the massacre, said before a Delhi court that her complaint was not motivated as she was an eyewitness to the event.

Kaur, during her cross examination before Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Kumar of a Fast Track Court in New Delhi, said that though she is illiterate but the content of her affidavit, which was treated as complaint, was true.

On being asked that her complaint was false as the same was lodged at the insistence of others, she, in an angered tone, said that she was an eyewitness of the gory incident, which took away her near and dear ones.

Earlier, Kaur had identified all the five accused who were present inside the court room and informed the judge that they were leading the violent mob which killed her husband Niranjan Singh, Head Constable of Delhi Police, 17-year-old son Gurpal Singh and son-in-law Mahender Singh.

As per the prosecution, Kaur's husband Singh, who was then stationed at Shahdara railway station, was lynched and set ablaze by the rioters on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

A day after this fateful incident, her son and son-in-law were killed by the mob led by the same accused.

The FIR in the case was lodged in 1996 when Kaur, who survived the riot, lodged a complaint with the Jain and Banerjee Committee constituted to look into the anti-Sikh riot cases.