WITNESS 1984

 

  • Jagdish Kaur is a witness in the November 1984 Sikh Massacre Delhi Cantonment case pertaining to the charge sheet against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar
  • She lost her husband, her son and her three brothers in November 1984 Sikh massacre
  • On July 3, 2010, Jagdish Kaur, during her cross examination in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta identified Sajjan Kumar as a person instigating the mob during the massacre. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Kaur identified Sajjan Kumar's nephew Balwant Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal as accomplices.  She told the court that she had made the same statements before all authorities, be it Nanavati Commission, CBI or the magistrate in Punjab.  She further stated in the court that on November 2 and 3, she went to the police post in the area but the report was not lodged and the officer told her that 'abhi aur log marne hain, ikkathe report likhenge'
  • On July 5, 2010 Jagdish Kaur developed high blood pressure while she was in the court and was taken to hospital from the court
  • On July 8, 2010 Jagdish Kaur during her two hour long cross examination in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta told the court that during November 1984 Sikh massacre, the mob armed with iron rod, digging tools and other lethal weapons first pounced upon her son and caused injuries to him and then upon her husband virtually crushed her husband's head and dragged him to the room where he dropped dead. She further stated that her son ran for some distance in the street, where he was attacked by the mob again, and then the mob set him on fire
  • On July 12, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • "I did not want to go the police station because the police officials were among the killers"
  • "I had lost faith in everybody and therefore I did not approach the Chief Minister, Home Minister or any other Minister in Punjab or any other authority"
  • On July 17, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • "When my house was attacked by the mob, I saw that the mob was being led by local Congress leaders. Those Congress leaders were having a list of names and houses of Sikhs in the area"
  • On July 22, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • “I heard cries of people throughout a night. I kept praying throughout the night. During the night, I could hear the cries of people who were being brought out and attacked in that part of Raj Nagar where the incharge of the police post had gone and could also see smoke rising from that area. I also heard the sound of firing
  • “Thereafter, some noble human beings came to me and told me that the dead bodies were lying for the last three days and the bodies would decompose and asked me as to what should be done to the bodies”
  • On July 23, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • “With the help of neighbors, I cremated my husband and son by taking out wood from chairs and doors of the house”
  • On July 28, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • “I only received the summons in 2004. Since nobody contacted me and, therefore, there was no question of my non-cooperation. I was not aware of the fact that cases of riot victims were going in the year 2003-04"
  • “I do not know whether any action was taken by the Rangnath Mishra Commission on my affidavit.”
  • “I do not know if on the basis of my affidavit FIR with Delhi Cantt police station was registered. Before the Nanavati Commission was set up, no case was registered pertaining to killing of my husband and son”
  • “I received one summons from court in 2008.”
  • “I was asked to appear as a witness but I told him (process server) that since I apprehend danger to my life in Delhi, I will not go to Delhi and case be transferred to Amritsar”
  • “In the year 2002, I was called by the Nanavati Commission at that time. Offer was given for providing protection by SGPC to me and, therefore, I came to Delhi... In 2003, since summons was received from the police, I was scared and did not trust them. Therefore, I did not go.
  • On August 2, 2010: Jagdish Kaur told Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta
  • "I had narrated all the facts when I gave an affidavit and no facts were concealed. My memory is good. I had named all the persons who were responsible for the riot on November one and two, 1984 in my affidavit"
  • "It is incorrect to suggest that officials from riot cell had contacted me. They never contacted me at any stage. I am hearing about the riot cell for the first time in this court"