BEFORE JUSTICE NANAVATI COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

( Witness No : 2 )

Name : Shri Mukhtiar Singh, S/o S.Swaran Singh
Age : 43 Years
Occupation : Service as Superintendent
Address : B-4, Staff Quarters, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi

On SA

I have filed an affidavit dated 20.09.2000 (the affidavit is taken on record and marked as exhibit No. W2/1). My affidavit may be treated as my examination-in-chief. I further say that, at present I am working as Superintendent in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and incharge of Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib.

Cross Examination by Shri S.S.Gandhi, Advocate

I had not earlier filed any affidavit before any commission. I am aware of the earlier commission and the committees appointed by the Government. The crowds referred to by me in para 4 of my affidavit were those which was going to the residence of Ms. Indira Gandhi at Teen Murti Bhawan where the dead body was lying in state. Some persons from the crowd of about 2000-2500 persons had pelted stones at the Gurudwara and shouted Anti-Sikh Slogans. They were about 15 to 20 policemen around. They had not taken any action. Most of the policemen were constables. There were 3-4 Head constables and two Assistant Sub Inspector and one Sub-Inspector. There was about 200-250 persons inside the Gurudwara. They were either the residents in the Gurudwara Quarters or the devotees. The boundary wall around the Gurudwara at that time was about 4 feet height. By 12.00 noon the crowd was of about 10 to 12 thousand persons. Some of them had entered the Gurudwara. Prem Oil Petrol Pump on the Church Road is touching the wall of touching Gurudwara. I do not know if the crowd had damaged the petrol pump but the wall of the Gurudwara was damaged and the mob had entered through the demolished wall and also from the front side. I had not seen if the petrol pump was damaged. The Central Sectt. is about 200 mts. from the Gurudwara and the petrol pump. I do not know whether the police had tried to save the petrol pump as the wall on that side was about 6 ft. high. I could see the mob only when they demolished the wall and entered the Gurdwara Complex. I had not seen any policemen trying to prevent the mob from entering the Gurudwara. After 3.00 PM senior policemen had come to the Gurudwara Complex. They were accompanied by a big force. I do not know if any policemen escorted the people and took them to a safer place. I have not earlier stated any where before any authority regarding what I have stated in my affidavit.

Cross examination is deferred till 25.04.2001.

Explained over to me in vernacular and found correct.

 

( MUKHTIAR SINGH )                                                                                        ( G.T. NANAVATI )

20TH April, 2001                                                                                                          20TH April, 2001

 

BEFORE JUSTICE NANAVATI COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

( Witness No : 2 )

Name : Shri Mukhtiar Singh, S/o S.Swaran Singh
Age : 43 Years
Occupation : Service as Superintendent
Address : B-4, Staff Quarters, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi

On SA

Recalled for further cross examination

The total area of the Gurudwara is about 10 acres. The Parliament House is just across the G.B.Pant Road. The residential quarters of the Gurudwara abutting Church Road are about 100 to 120 ft. away from the Petrol Pump. The distance between gate no.1 and gate no.3 of the Gurudwara is about 200 to 250 ft. The distance between gate no.3 and gate no. 6 is more than 500 ft.

The body of Ms.Gandhi was kept at the Teen Murti house for public darshan. One of the terminals for the persons who wanted to go for darshan at Teenmurti was Central Secretariat Bus Terminal. There are several bus stands around the Gurudwara. There were sevadars at gate no 1 and gate no. 3. There are sevadars inside the Gurudwara also. They were about 10 to 15 sevadars present at 7 O’ clock in the morning of 1.11.84. The sevadars who had come for the night duty were present in the compound as they were not able to go home. The sevadars who were on duty were in the compound. Sardar Joginder Singh was at that time the Jathedar. There was no person as Security Incharge. At 7 o clock in the morning of 1.11.84, I was present at my house. My residential quarter is at a place shown by red ink arrow in the site plan which I am producing today ( Site plan is taken on record and is Exhibit No.W2/2). I had come out of my quarter at about 8.00 AM. When I had come out of my house I had seen sevadars and some devotees sitting near the tree near sevadar’s residence. I cannot say whether the sevadara were sitting on the instructions of Sardar Joginder Singh. At about 8.00 AM the crowds which was passing through the Gurudwara were raising slogans in praise of Ms.Indira Gandhi. I did not come to known that there was any lathicharge near Teenmurthi. I did not know whether 1.11.1984 was declared as half day holiday by the Government. There were many people on the road outside the Gurudwara. After I had come out from house I had gone to the Banjara Hall and I was playing there. The wall on the Gurudwara on the Church Road side is about 500 ft. away from the Hall. From the place where I, was I could not see some portion of the petrol pump. I remained in the Hall till about 10.00 to 10.30 AM. Since about 11.00 AM I was, in the Compound and had seen breaking of the wall of the gurdudwara on the petrol pump side. Later I had seen that the petrol pump was also damaged by the crowd. Seeing this attack on the Gurudwara we had gone near the sevadar’s residence and the ‘jodha ghar’ (Shoe Stand). The crowd tried to get in from the front side through the gates. At about 11.15 AM, I was near the gate no.2. The gate has two big pillars and we were standing behind them to avoid being hit by stones. We also kept moving in the Gurudwara to see if any other gate was damaged. I had not seen police lathi charging people in order to save the petrol pump. This was about 11.30 AM. At about 12.00 O’ clock, I had seen two Sardars being burnt alive near gate no.2. It is incorrect to say that the police officers who came from the petrol pump side had brought those two injured persons inside the Gurudwara. In fact we had brought them inside. It is correct that the crowd which entered the Gurudwara had tried to set the Gurudwara office on fire. It is incorrect to say that at that time police had lathi charged those people to prevent them from burning the Kendriya Gursingh Sabha office. It is also incorrect to say that the police resorted to lathi charge. It is also incorrect that the SI, Shri Hoshiyar Singh had fired a shot. It is incorrect to say that the police was attacked by the crowd. It is incorrect to say that Shri Hoshiyar Singh had received any injury. Sardar Gurdial Singh was the manager of the Gurudwara Committee at that time. Shri Kanwal Jeet Singh is the son of Sardar Gurdial Singh. It is incorrect to say that Sardar Kanwal Jeet Singh had fired a shot in the air to frighten the crowd and thereby saved the police officers. It is incorrect to say that the residence of Sardar Gurdial Singh was burnt at about 2.00 to 2.30 PM. I do not know if the police had tried to extinguish the fire at Sardar Gurdial Singh’s house. It is incorrect to say that SI, Hoshiyar Singh and other police personnel and Jathedar had taken the children and ladies to the Banjara Hall for their safety. It is correct that at about 3.00 PM a big police force had come at the Gurudwara alongwith some senior officers After the large police force had come with their senior officers they had not opened fire. The police, after coming to the Gurudwara had taken children and the ladies and all of us into the Gurudwara’s Banjara Hall and that Hall was cordoned off by the police. Children and women were taken in the police vans by the police. While the police was trying to take away children and ladies, we slipped away from that place towards Langar Hall. I heard some policemen saying at that time that they may be taken to police station. I cannot say whether they were really taken to Tilak Marg Police Station or Flat No.103, North Avenue, or that ladies and children were taken to Flat no.147 North Avenue which was the residence of Sardar Hakim Singh, MP for their safety. I do not know if some persons who had come to Gurudwara and belonged to different localities were taken by the police to their respective homes. I do not know if food was prepared at the house of Sardar Hakim Singh and distributed to various rescued persons. The persons who were set on fire were not residents of the Gurudwara. It is not correct to say that no resident of Gurudwara had received any injury any time during the whole incident. I say that some had received injuries as a result of pelting of stones by the mob.

No cross examination by Shri K.K.Sud, ASG, on behalf of the Union of India.

Question by the Commission :

I and five others had slipped away from the Banjara Hall while the police was taking others in police van. After some time Hoshiyar Singh has come and enquired from Jethedar as to where the six persons were. Thereafter he took us to Police Post at North Avenue and we were detained there.

Explained over to me in vernacular and found correct.

 

( MUKHTIAR SINGH )                                                                                 ( G.T. NANAVATI )

30TH April, 2001                                                                                                    30TH April, 2001