The final arguments in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case saw the CBI on Saturday refer to the January 6, 2011, testimony of prosecution witness Nirpreet Kaur, who had identified in court senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as the man she saw at Mangolpuri on November 2, 1984, exhorting a mob to attack Sikhs.
Ms. Kaur's father was burnt alive by a mob on November 1 at Raj Nagar, and she had testified to having seen Sajjan address a mob while she was fleeing to take refuge at Palam Air Force Station.
Ms. Kaur, 16 then, had accused investigating agencies of harassing her and foisting false cases on her. Her account of the brutal manner in which some of the accused persons in the case burnt her father was also recalled by CBI counsel R. S. Cheema.
Resuming final arguments in the case, Mr. Cheema told District Judge J. R. Aryan that witness Ms. Kaur had alleged in her statement that she had seen Sajjan Kumar and heard him saying, “No Sardar [Sikh] should be left alive. All their remaining houses should be burnt down. Kill all Sikhs as they have killed my mother (the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi).”
Sajjan Kumar and five others — Balwan Khokkar, Kishan Khokkar, Mahender Yadav, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal — are facing trial in the killings of six people at Delhi Cantonment during the riots.