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Haryana cops attacked Sikhs, says riot victim
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
In a significant disclosure, a victim of the 1984 riots said members of the Haryana police training centre, near Karnal, were sent to Delhi to attack Sikhs in the Capital.

The affidavit also brought out a gruesome picture of a dog gnawing a severed leg of a dead Sikh.

“On being caught, an identity card of the Haryana police was recovered from a member of the mob which was a clear indication and evidence that he was from Madhuban police training centre near Karnal,” said the affidavit filed by Kuldip Singh Bhogal, the then general secretary of the Akali Dal youth wing, before the Nanavati Commission of inquiry.

The commission is probing the riots afresh 17 years after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Mr Bhogal said: “On November 2, a train came and halted on the railway line adjoining our colony (Hari Nagar Ashram) and Gujjars in large groups alighted from the train.” They were thousands in number and were all armed with identical lathis and iron rods. They immediately formed groups and started indulging in arson, looting, killing and burning of Sikhs including their properties.”

His affidavit said: “The identity of these men came to light when one of the Gujjars, who was a member of this mob was caught by me and some other Sikhs who were trying to protect themselves from them”.

“The mob damaged various houses and killed six to seven Sikhs in Hari Nagar Ashram. These Sikhs were burnt alive”, Mr Bhogal said.Back

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