Wednesday 15 July 2009

1984 Sikh Genocide key witness died in Delhi


1984 Sikh Genocide key witness died in Delhi

Delhi, India: Key witness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case Surinder Singh (61) had died of prolonged illness at AIIMS, New Delhi, today.
Revealing this to The Tribune, President of the All India Sikh Students’ Federation Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, who is supporting the riot victims for seeking justice, said Surinder was suffering from acute diabetes. He was admitted to the AIIMS last week.
Surinder, who was now settled in the US, came to India on April 28 this year to record his statement before the CBI court against Tytler, but the court did not permit him to record his statement.
Legal counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun fighting the cases of the riot victims at the international level in the US told The Tribune on telephone that his sudden demise was a great setback to the Sikh community. However, he said the affidavit and statement given by Surinder Singh before the CBI was strong evidence against Tytler, which could not be ruled out by any court.
He has left behind his wife, a son and two daughters. Cremation of the body would be done in New Delhi tomorrow.

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