India: Sikh Genocide 1984 – SIT Records Statements Of Kanpur Massacre Witnesses

KANPUR: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) coordination committee has located a twenty-five page booklet titled ‘Sikh Virodhi Dange – Kanpur Ki Report – Doshi Kaun?’ detailing evidence relating to the 1984 genocide of Sikhs in Kanpur. The committee was able to convince three eyewitnesses of the massacre to come and record their statements.

“The booklet ‘Sikh Virodhi Dange — Kanpur Ki Report — Doshi Kaun?’ was compiled by a Sikh activist in the aftermath of 1984 anti-Sikh genocide. We have been looking for it all these years as it contains vital details of the Sikh families or individuals murdered or looted by mob….. We found it in the possession of Jammu resident Kamaljeet Singh,” stated Kawaljeet Singh Manu, a member of SIT coordination committee.

“The booklet also contains the names of nearly 250 rioters and those leading and provoking the mob. We will go through each and every minute detail in the booklet and prepare a fresh report and thereafter produce it in court, besides sharing it with SIT,” he added.

“We also managed to convince three other eyewitnesses, who used to live in the city, but later migrated to Jamshedpur (Bihar), Jammu and Punjab out of fear of being targeted. On our request, they all came to Kanpur to record their statements before SIT to make the case strong against the perpetrators of crime,” he said.

Kamaljeet Singh states the booklet contains the names of his four brothers Chatrapal Singh (45), Avtar Singh (42), Kuljeet Singh (14), Ajeet Singh (14), and nephew Harsewa Singh (2), who were butchered to death by the mob.

“Large crowds surrounded my house. I witnessed my innocent brothers and a nephew being butchered to death,” recalls Singh, who reached Kanpur on Sunday from Jammu and narrated his ordeal in a meeting at a Gurdwara in Labour Colony.

“Police did nothing to stop the killings, while many actively participated in the massacre,” he added.

Kanpur was the worst-hit city after Delhi, with 127 Sikh deaths recorded.