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‘Conspiracy to target Sikhs’

1984 anti-sikh riots CBI wraps arguments,says politician-cop nexus

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2014 5:04:24 pm

Concluding its final arguments against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and five others in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case,the CBI Saturday called the riots a “clear conspiracy” to target Sikhs,with its prosecutor R S Cheema saying there was a “nexus between the police and local politicians” to shield the perpetrators.

The CBI told the court of District and Sessions Judge J R Aryan that Kumar was “responsible for inciting violence” in the Delhi Cantonment area,which had remained violence-free on October 31 after Indira Gandhi’s assassination,but clashes were reported after November 1 after a late night meeting held in the area by Kumar and others.

Sajjan and five others — Balwan Khokkar,Kishan Khokkar,Mahender Yadav,Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal — are facing trial for the killing of five people in the Delhi Cantonment area during the riots.

Cheema told the court that the “planned” violence against a “particular community” indicated a “clear conspiracy”. He said after the assassination,there was only slight agitation in Delhi Cantonment area,till Kumar’s visit at 10 pm on October 31. Cheema said Kumar incited the people,following which there was a “deliberate attack” on the gurdwara on November 1 morning.

“On November 1,there was a concentrated attack on the houses of Sikh people in the area. The so-called mob had addresses of Sikhs and only attacked the Sikh homes. On that day,Sikh people escaped and hid in the homes of their Hindu neighbours. However,on the next day,the mob was told to attack all Hindus who gave shelter to the Sikhs,so there were attacks on Hindu homes from November 2 onwards,” Cheema said.

The CBI counsel said police,too,refused to lodge complaints .

“The roznamcha of the police station shows that there was no incident in the area from November 1 to 4,even though several people were killed and several homes destroyed,” Cheema said.

“The nature and extent of the crime,protection to perpetrators coupled with disappearance of evidence indicates a deep conspiracy,” he said.

The CBI prosecutor also rejected the argument by defence counsels,who questioned the testimony of prime eyewitness and complainant Jagdish Kaur on the grounds that she had “improved” her statements — giving different statements to the Rangnath Commission,the Nanavati Commission and the court.

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