What made you give this deposition before the CBI against Tytler after so many years?
I had given a similar testimony in an affidavit before the Nanavati
Commission in January 2002 but due to pressure from Tytler's men, was forced to
resile from it. For all these years while I was a granthi in various Delhi
gurudwaras I did not dare say or do anything for fear of being harassed by
Tytler whose men always kept a watch on me and threatened to liquidate my
family. Then, sometime last month a reporter from a local television channel
conducted a sting operation of sorts on me, where, without knowing that I was
being filmed, I tacitly admitted to Tytler's role in the three deaths in front
of gurudwara Pul Bangash in 1984. If I had known what the reporter was up to I
would have never admitted it because my whole life is now topsy turvy.
Could you elaborate?
I have had to flee Delhi and am living in someone else's house in Punjab
while my wife and daughters are still in Delhi. I will certainly have to
relocate to my ancestral place Batala because if I go to Delhi, I will be unable
to resist pressure from Tytler's men again.
The Akal Takht and SGPC have offered help and protection to witnesses like you in the larger interest of the Sikh community so that you can depose fearlessly.
I have come out mainly after being assured of help by the SGPC and others.
But so far nothing concrete has emerged. I have not even been provided security
by the Punjab police. The main reason why we have been unable to get anyone of
note convicted is that the Sikh community as a whole has never mobilized itself
for this cause. Witnesses like me feel very beleaguered and let down.