1984 riots: witness says Sajjan Kumar part of mob

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2015 22:45 IST

A 70-year-old witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Sajjan Kumar and others on Tuesday alleged in a Delhi court that the Congress leader was part of a mob that had attacked, looted and burnt houses of Sikhs during the riots.

Deposing as a prosecution witness, Prem Kaur told district judge Rakesh Siddhartha that she was told by her neighbours that Kumar was a part of the mob that was rioting in Sultanpuri area of West Delhi.

"Children were saying that Sajjan Kumar, Jai Kishan, Ratan and Gupta Telwala were in the mob. Many others were saying the same thing in a camp,” said Kaur, a resident of Sultanpuri.

"When we came out of hiding, we were informed by people that our house was looted and burnt by the aforesaid persons," the witness contended. The submission was objected to by the defence.

Kaur said that she could not recognise the persons who had looted and burnt her house as there was smoke at the spot.

Kumar along with three others are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting in the case of killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri.

Kaur, whose deposition remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow, alleged that she did not report the matter to the police as it was the police which was also involved in rioting and killing. She further said that Delhi police also never came to ask her about the incident.

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