July 9, 2010 | By Tejashdeep Singh
New Delhi (July 07, 2010): Jagdish Kaur, a witness in the Delhi Cantonment case, during her two hour long cross examination in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta told the court that during November 1984 Sikh massacre, the mob armed with iron rod, digging tools and other lethal weapons first pounced upon her son and caused injuries to him and then upon her husband virtually crushed her husband’s head and dragged him to the room where he dropped dead. She further stated that her son ran for some distance in the street, where he was attacked by the mob again, and then the mob set him on fire.
On July 3, 2010, Jagdish Kaur, during her cross examination in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta identified Sajjan Kumar as a person instigating the mob during the massacre. Court had already framed charges against Sajjan Kumar in the case registered at Delhi Cantonment in connection with the murder of seven persons.
On July 7, 2010, the court recorded the statement of witness, Lal Chand Khemani. The recording of statement of other witnesses in Delhi Cantonment case will continue tomorrow.
On July 7, 2010, a Delhi Court finally framed charges against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in killing of Sikhs during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. The charges were framed under Murder; Looting, Dacoity and Robbery and Spreading enmity between communities.
This case relates to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi by a mob led by Sajjan Kumar and other accused during the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta allowed CBI’s plea seeking prosecution of Sajjan Kumar under various sections of Indian Penal Code after finding prima facie evidence against him. Besides Sajjan Kumar, the other accused in the case are Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar.
The court further decided to record statements of witnesses from August 23, 2010, commencing the trial.
In January 2010, CBI filed these two charge sheets, one pertaining to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and other pertaining to killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar. As per the charge sheet filed by the CBI, during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Sajjan Kumar ordered local police officials to fire at Sikhs because of which three Sikhs were killed at Sultanpuri, Delhi. CBI also alleged that Sajjan Kumar instigated the mobs to burn Sikhs alive and he in collusion with one Bhatia, SHO Sultanpuri police station and other police officers led the mob. The CBI stated that the statements recorded by all the eyewitnesses are reliable and there are no contradictions.
Senior counsel H.S. Phoolka, representing the victims stated that finally, a ray of hope for the victims can be seen.
Gurpatwant S Pannun, Legal Advisor of Sikhs for Justice stated that this is an important development and he is hopeful that the perpetrators of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide will be punished.
AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammed stated that though delayed, he is hopeful that justice will be done. He stated that the wounds of the Sikh community will be healed only after the killers of the Sikhs are punished by law.
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