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Sajjan Kumar to be charged with 1984 riots case




The 1984 anti-Sikh riots remain a blot on the name of India, and its criminal and judicial system. The riots started soon after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and for a couple of days afterwards, the capital of India, Delhi, burned as mobs chased down Sikhs and burnt them / killed them on the streets and in their homes. There were true stories of heroism, in which localities banded together to prevent mobs from entering, or sheltered sikhs in their homes, but there were also reverse stories in which entire localities saw a dance of death.
During the riots, one saw a abdication of responsibility by the police and administration who did not crack down on the crime while it was committed (I was a young boy then, and remembered climbing to the roof of my then residence, Pragati Vihar Hostel near Nehru Stadium, and could see burning fires in the distance); it was strongly stated at that time that the reason why these mobs were allowed to continue on was that they were led by Congress leaders, with the most common names thrown around by survivors being Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, and HKL Bhagat.


However, it is an insult to the criminal system of the country, that a crime, which led to the horrific death of thousands, did not lead to any sizable convictions; it is even more regrettable that there is not the same amount of civil society and media calls for the investigation of the 1984 riots as there was for the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002. So, it is good news whenever there is any specific action in that area. It was this public and media pressure that prevented the giving of tickets to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler in the last elections, and now the action against Sajjan Kumar is a step, even though it is very late and not enough (link to article):

Twenty-five years after anti-Sikh riots shook the Capital, Delhi lieutenant-governor Tejinder Khanna on Thursday gave sanction for prosecution of former MP and senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who allegedly led mobs that killed many innocents in the resettlement colonies in north-west Delhi. CBI sources said they had sought permission to file chargesheets under Section 153A of IPC in four cases in which Kumar was found to have actively instigated riots against the minority community. While three of these cases are related to riots in Sultanpuri, one pertains to an incident at Rajnagar in the Palam area. “The three cases in Sultanpuri will be clubbed together in a single chargesheet while a separate one will be filed for the Palam case,” said an official.
Kumar has been accused of leading mobs which attacked Sikhs allegedly to avenge the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh guards. While many of the witnesses subsequently turned hostile, a couple of them are sticking to their guns that Kumar choreographed the violence. The case was registered against Kumar after the G T Nanavati Commission report in February 2005 recommended fresh examination of complaints in which he had been named and no chargesheet had been filed.




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