India: 1984 Sikh Genocide – Witness Tells Court Sajjan Kumar Led & Provoked Mob

DELHI: An eyewitness has told the Patiala House Court how Sajjan Kumar led and provoked a mob in a case relating to the Sultanpuri incident during the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide.

Joginder Singh told the told a single judge bench presided by District Judge Poonam Bamba (pictured above) that:

“When I went to lodge an FIR, the police denied naming Sajjan Kumar in the complaint. Kumar was the person leading the mob and provoking them” 

Advocate Tarannum Cheema (pictured below) represented Joginder Singh, who lost his brother during the genocide.

After recording Joginder Singh’s statement, Judge Bamba posted the matter for hearing on April 9 and fixed April 11 as the date for cross-examination.

Earlier, witness Cham Kaur (pictured below) was cross-examined by Sajjan Kumar’s lawyer on the last date of hearing on March 7 based on her statement.

The case relates to the targeted killing of Sikhs in Sultanpuri area of Delhi during the 1984 Sikh genocide. Witnesses have claimed the violence was instigated by Sajjan Kumar.

The former Congress leader is serving a life term in the case relating to the death of five members of a Sikh family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a Gurdwara in Delhi on November 1, 1984.

On December 17 last year, the Delhi court had convicted Kumar in this case and awarded him a life term.

Two weeks after Kumar was awarded life sentence by the court in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide case, the Congress leader surrendered at the Karkardooma District Court.