Woman Identifies Person who Instigated Anti-Sikh Riots in 1984

Sheela Kaur identifies Sajjan Kumar as the instigator of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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From Sanjay Suri’s book <i>The Anti-Sikh Violence and After</i>. (Photo: <i>The Quint</i>)

Witness Sheela Kaur has identified Sajjan Kumar as a key instigator of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which followed Indira Gandhi’s assassination. She said this while recording her statement in a court in New Delhi.

Sheela Kaur claims Sajjan Kumar was a key figure in a mob that dragged her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law out of their house during the riots, after which they were murdered.

Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984. (Photo: PTI)
Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984. (Photo: PTI)

Sajjan Kumar, she told Session Judge Kamlesh Kumar at the Karkardooma Court, was exhorting the mob to “kill all Sikhs” as a retaliation for the assassination of “their mother” Indira Gandhi.

Counsel for victims HS Phoolka and Counsel for accused IU Khan had a heated argument during the proceedings.

The CBI Counsel, DP Singh blamed IU Khan for trying to confuse the witness.

Both the advocates – Phoolka and Singh – raised objections that the version provided by the witness has not been correctly recorded.

The cross examination by IU khan will continue in the next hearing on September 17.

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