//Anti-Sikh riot victim identifies accused

Anti-Sikh riot victim identifies accused

New Delhi, Dec. 3 (PTI): A victim of 1984 anti-Sikh riot, Harvinder Kaur, who lost her husband, son and son-in-law in the massacre, has identified five assailants before a city court and said that she was an eye-witness to the gory incident.

Standing by her affidavit, which was treated as complaint, before Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Kumar, Kaur said the charge that her statement was "motivated" was wrong as around 150 rioters had stormed and torched the house in front of her.

Kaur, during her cross examination by accused's counsel, rubbished the claim that her complaint was false and was lodged at the insistence of others.

"It is wrong to suggest that I am deposing falsely, or I was not present at the place of incident of murder of my husband, son and son-in-law," she said.

Kaur also identified all the five accused who were present inside the courtroom 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.

Harjinder, Kaur's daughter who lost her husband in the riot in 1984 after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi, however identified two accused Ram Praksh Tiwari and Har Prasad Bhardwaj.

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 Gandhi.

A day after this fateful incident, Kaur's 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 filed an affidavit with the Jain and Banerjee Committee constituted to look into the anti-Sikh riot cases.

She had alleged former Union Minister, H K L Bhagat, and five others – Harprasad Bhardwaj, Suraj Giri, Ram Prasad Tiwari, Jagdish Giri and the lone woman accused Kamlesh – were the persons who killed her dear ones in a riot at Mansarovar Park in east Delhi.

However, Bhagat was later discharged as the CBI could not produce sufficient evidence against him.

All the five have been booked under various sections including 302 (Murder) 395 (Dacoity), 436 (Burning Houses) and 147 (Rioting) of the IPC.