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Tytler instigated mob: US-based eyewitness Resham Singh wants court to tell CBI to record his statement

The ghost of 1984 anti-Sikh riots today returned to haunt Jagdish Tytler with a US-based eyewitness filing an affidavit in a Delhi court to state how he saw and heard the Congress leader instigate an attack on the minority on November 1, 1984.

"In October-November 1984, I lived in Delhi and drove a taxi for a living. On November 1, I was on my way home when while passing by Gurdwara Phulbangsh, I saw smoke coming out of the building and outside a mob led by Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was chanting slogans, "Khoon ka Badla Khoon". When I got closer, I saw and heard Tytler instigating and screaming at the mob and pointing towards the gurdwara, ordering them to go and get the Sikhs from hiding," eyewitness Resham Singh from California said in his sworn statement today before the court of Karkardooma Additional Sessions Judge K.S. Pal.

Singh sought the court to direct the CBI to record his statement in the matter even as the CBI opposed the application and said they would not file a reply to the same and would go in for arguments straightaway. The Court has fixed February 16 for final arguments on whether the statement of Resham Singh should be recorded by the CBI. The affidavit challenges the CBI's stand in the sensitive matter wherein the agency had earlier filed closure report against Tytler saying no eyewitnesses were available against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate hearing the matter had accepted the CBI's closure report, prompting petitioner in the case Lakhwinder Kaur to file revision petition before the Additional Sessions Judge.

Resham Singh's affidavit states that in December 2008 when the CBI team came to the US to record statements of witnesses in the case against Tytler, he repeatedly approached the agency, requesting them for his statement to be recorded but to no avail. At that time the CBI recorded only one eyewitness statement - that of one Surinder Singh - who has since died during pendency of the case.

"With my written statement and affirmation, my US based attorney Gurpatwant Pannun contacted the CBI team visiting the US for recording my testimony. The CBI team assured my attorney that they will record by statement on December 25 and 26 and even though I made myself available, the agency failed to record my testimony," Resham Singh said in his affidavit.

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