1984 riots: CBI accuses Sajjan Kumar

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 15:03 hrs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday told a trial court that Congress leader Sajjan Kumar had provoked mobs to attack Sikhs in New Delhi during the infamous 1984 riots.

The CBI referred to a speech made by Kumar that even a single Sikh should not survive and even the people giving shelters to them should be torched.

The CBI said the riots were ´well-organized´ and even had the support of the police and the government.

The probe agency said the police officials neither registered cases nor picked up corpses from the streets.

The CBI on Saturday told the court that the Delhi Police had acted in a pre-planned manner during the riots and kept its ´eyes closed´ during the violence.

The police had filed only five First Information Reports (FIR) though 150 complaints were made in connection to the riot incidents in 1984.

According to reports, Kumar´s lawyers will give the reply in the case against him and five others on May 15, 16 and 17.

Kumar and five others were accused of provoking a mob to kill six Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment area in 1984.

Severe anti-Sikh riots had erupted in some parts of the county in 1984 after the assassination of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Sikh bodyguards in the national capital.

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