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‘Kill me’: 1984 riots victim says after Sajjan’s acquittal

The acquittal of Sajjan Kumar came as a big jolt for 1984 riots case complainant Jagdish Kaur.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: April 30, 2013 10:25:52 pm

The acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar by a Delhi court today came as a big jolt for 1984 riots case complainant Jagdish Kaur,who had lost her husband,young son and three cousins during the massacre.

After all the “atrocities” committed by Kumar,he has been acquitted by the court and even after 29 years justice has been denied to her,said Kaur,whose husband Kehar Singh and son Gurpreet Singh were burnt alive by a mob which entered their home in Raj Nagar area here.

“I have carried around this wound for the past 29 years and now I have lost all hopes,” she said.

“My whole family was murdered by Kumar and others and now he has been freed,so kill me also,” she alleged.

Moments after the judgement was pronounced,Kaur along with her son Gurdeep Singh and few others refused to leave the courtroom,saying she won’t go till she gets justice.

Kaur’s cousins Raghuvender Singh,Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh were also killed by the mob during the riots.

“I will not leave from here till I get justice. I will die here. I will sit here until Kumar is held guilty for the crime he committed and gets death penalty,” she said.

She also alleged that she was offered a hefty amount by Kumar to keep her “mouth shut and spare him”.

“Kumar had offered me Rs 8 crore to keep my mouth shut and to spare him in the case. He had told me that if I do not depose against him,he will get the other accused hanged,” she claimed.

She said the court has let off the main accused in the case while convicting the five co-accused,”who were less guilty and were only following his (Kumar) dictates”.

“Why has the court convicted the other five accused. If it has acquitted the main accused,the others should also be freed. Kumar was the main conspirator,” she said.

Unhappy over the verdict,Kaur’s son Gurdeep Singh said,”We were hopeful that Kumar would be held guilty for what he did 29 years back but the judge freed him.

“We have been coming here regularly for past so many years and have been running from pillar to post seeking justice,but the court in barely a minute pronounced its verdict and freed him without telling us any reason,” he said.

Screaming inside the courtroom,he claimed,being the complainants in the case,they were not allowed to come inside the room while the accused were there and “it seems he (Sajjan) made some arrangements that is why we were not allowed to enter”.

Later,several Delhi Police personnel came to the court room and took the complainant and other victims out.

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