In 1984,she saw her husband and teenaged son beaten to death by the mob and lost three brothers to the anti-Sikh riots that swept the capital after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
On Tuesday,Jagdish Kaur wept in the courtroom and asked the judge to order her death,since he had denied her justice. I will not leave this courtroom unless the judge gives me death penalty, Jagdish said,after the court acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the case.
She was one of the two complainants the other was Nirpreet Kaur (44) and the prime witness in the case against Kumar for the rioting in Delhi Cantonment area that led to the death of five persons in Raj Nagar on November 1 and 2,1984.
Jagdish and Nirpreet claim to have seen all the accused in the area.
Jagdish said she had seen co-accused Balwan Khokhar in the group that killed her husband and her son on November 1,and during the second incident of violence she had seen two other accused Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal.
She said she had seen Kumar exhorting the mob.
The mob was turning back,but these leaders told them that it doesnt matter if the Sikhs are freedom fighters. They said these Sikhs are all snakes and should all be killed, Jagdish told Newsline.
The 72-year-old sat inside the courtroom for over 40 minutes after police asked everyone to vacate the courtroom,protesting that she would continue to stay there till the judge came to meet her. She was finally escorted out by three women constables.
Jagish claims she fled the city with her three daughters and a son due to threats and pressure from politicians,and has been living in Amritsar under police protection.
She had initially filed her complaint before the Ranganath Misra Commission in 1985,and then before the Nanavati Commission.
The CBI prosecutor,in his arguments,had called her a person of extraordinary courage and memory who is doing everything to get justice.
The lawyers for the defence,however,had claimed that she was an interested witness who had changed her statement multiple times,and had not mentioned Sajjan Kumar till 2006.
Nirpreet,who was 16 years old when the mob burnt her father alive,said she has lost faith in the judicial system. I knew something like this would happen. He is a powerful politician, Nirpreet said.
The two,however,said they will continue to fight. We will definitely appeal against this order in the High Court Nirpreet said.
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