Congress leader Sajjan Kumar instigated the mob in Palam Colony of Delhi and after that rioters burnt Nirpreet’s father alive. His only fault was that he was a Sikh, said Nirpreet.
“At least I got the chance to identify him (Kumar) in court. I have done my job. Now, it’s the state’s turn,” Nirpreet says. For the first time in nearly three decades, Nirpreet, who had lost hope that the guilty would ever be punished, feels there is a glimmer of hope that Kumar would be punished after all.
Twenty-seven years later, Nirpreet came face to face with Kumar once again in a city court in January this year. She was there to tell the court if Kumar incited mobs to kill Sikhs during the ’84 riots.
“I was sent to jail for raising my voice. My first husband couldn’t take that and left me,” Nirpreet, who runs an NGO that rehabilitates riot victims, says. She lives with her two sons in Tilak Nagar.
The rioters then dragged her son out of the house where they thrashed him until he died. Jagdish promptly moved her three daughters – Harvinder, Harjeet and Gurjee, then aged 13, 11 and 9 years respectively, to the terrace. Minutes later, her three cousins who lived close by – Narendra Pal, Ragvinder and Kuldeep Singh – were burned alive by the mob.