Ajmer Singh Randhawa
This is the one authenticated report out of hundreds faced in pogrom of Delhi in 1984. The hindus were falsely provoked to kill Sikhs, rape their women with assuarnce of their safety. Police wathed them in impotent manner and allowed them to rape and kill. They killed, they raped, they danced and left as they were not in any hurry.
In Sagarpur area of west Delhi, Sardar Budh singh had purchased 200 yards plots for each of his son, (number of plots are disfigured in my mind but he purchased many plots for his own family and for family of his younger brother who also settled with him there in Sagarpur). He was a rich farmer of Bikaner who sold his agriculture lands in Bikaner and settled in Delhi.
On the eve of 1st November 1984, some activities of strangers were noticed in the area, they were searching for Sikhs.
There were totally 24 male members in this family. They were united and could face the mob and retaliate with their full might and valor. They were all strong built villagers. But all of them were brutally murdered How?
Chaudhary Partap Singh, Village Pradhan came to Budh singh and requested him to hide his sons and other male members of the family at tubewell and in the adjoining houses of Hindu neighbors so that the crowd of these strangers may pass from the village without any harm to its residents or bloodshed.
Budh singh ji agreed to this suggestion. The male members were divided in groups of 2 to 4 and were hidden accordingly but Partap Singh betrayed with Budh Singh. He himself informed and guided the death squads to those houses where these youths were safely hidden. Now these Sikh youths were helpless and without any weapons, they were caught, brought at a central place near their houses, then garlanded with tyre in their necks, kerosene was sprayed on their bodies and burnt alive.
This is not any hearsay but the truthful story of the death of 24 male members of the family whose pyres (where they were burnt) were seen by these writer also. I (writer Ajmer Singh Randhawa) went their within a week’s time as I was at Dehra Dun where I got the news of these brutal killings by my cousin who had relations with this family. His son was married with daughter of Budh Singh ji. So they were my distant relatives.
I came to Delhi by car, went to my cousin’s house in Hari Nagar. I saw a relief camp there in which the widows of this family were provided a shelter along with others from other parts of west Delhi. I saw new utensils and items of daily usage were provided by DSGMC. The local politicians of Delhi Mrs. Tajdar Babar and Lalit Makan arrived and regretted for the riots and showed their condolence with bereaved families. When they were going back, I was just present near the gate where I passed a remark as…It’s all done by you people, first you do it than visit to mourn to win the hearts? They didn’t reply, just looked upon me and went away.`
In the evening I got a message that a boy of this family is alive. I took my car and moved towards Sagarpur, my nephew was scared but I wasn’t. I assured him that it was not possible to stop my Ambassador car for anyone, just get in. We searched, met many villagers, saw the ashes of burnt people then somebody told us that the boy is in Sonipat so we went to Sonipat but it was proved a wrong information.
So all these 24 well built, strong Sikh youths were killed by betrayal of village head who showed his loyalty to Sajjan kumar and Congress and passed the information of their places of hide. Was not it backstabbing, a jeopardize in faith? The people who were hidden by you, you get them killed by death squads by leaking information of their hide? Whether this highlights any good quality of Hindu religion or a blackspot forever on their forehead? This is unforgettable , saddest incident which was witnessed in this Sikh genocide.