Trial begins in one anti-Sikh pogroms case

For Harvinder Kaur who had lost her husband and other members of the family in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, she finally saw some change in that a Delhi Court commenced recording of evidence, 22 long years after the massacre.

The fight for justice for this elderly woman had hit roadblocks from day one as the police in East Delhi refused to register the FIR, which was lodged 12 years after the pogroms on the recommendation of the Committee which probed various pogrom cases.

The FIR registered in 1996 had named six persons including late Congress leader HKL Bhagat. But he was discharged from the case in a highly controversial manner.

The Committee comprising Justice JD Jain, a retired judge of the Delhi High Court and DK Agarwal, former IGP of Uttar Pradesh, on the basis of Kaur's affidavit and other relevant material had recommended the registration of case. 

Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar began the trial of the case by recording the statements of Kaur as first prosecution witness to the case in which five Congress workers, including a woman, have been chargesheeted for barbaric killing of her husband Niranjan Singh, son Gurupal Singh and son-in-law Mahender Singh.

Harprasad Bhardwaj, Ram Prasad Tiwari, Jagdish Giri, Suraj Giri and lone woman accused Kamlesh are facing trial for the incident which took place in Mansarowar Park locality of Shahadra.