1984 Riots: Witness Identifies Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar

1984 anti Sikh riots: Witness identifies Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as an instigator during the riots.

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Sajjan Kumar has been identified as an instigator in the anti Sikh riots.

A prosecution witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case identified Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as an alleged instigator of violence. Cham Kaur, a witness in the anti-Sikh riot case of Sultanpuri told the court on Friday, 16 November, that when she stepped out of her house on 1 November 1984, she saw Sajjan Kumar telling the crowd, “Sikhs killed our mother, kill them.”

The very next morning, Cham Kaur’s son and father were killed by a mob. “My son, Kapoor Singh, and my father, Sardarji Singh, were pulled out of their hiding place on the second floor, beaten badly and thrown off the roof,” reported NDTV, adding that Ms Kaur too was assaulted.

Witness, Cham Kaur, reportedly said that she could recognise Sajjan Kumar because she used to visit him for ration cards and other documents.

Another witness, Sheela Kaur, had also recognised Sajjan Kumar earlier for his alleged involvement in the riots.

The next date for hearing in the case has been scheduled on 20 December.


Meanwhile, political leaders hit out at Kumar, demanding justice for the victims of the riots.

“This is a direct evidence of his culpability, I hope it results in conviction & he gets a death sentence”
KTS Tulsi, Congress Rajya Sabha MP to ANI

At least 2,800 Sikhs were killed during the 1984 riots that broke out after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

(With inputs from NDTV)

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