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The Credible Evidence

The full texts of the two affidavits referred to by the Nanavati Commission while recordings its finding "that there is credible evidence against Shri Jagdish Tytler to the effect that very probably he had a hand in organizing attacks on Sikhs".

The Credible Evidence
The Credible Evidence
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AFFIDAVIT

I,  Jasbir Singh, son of Sardar Sattu Singh, aged 21 years, resident of C-67 Tilak Vihar, New Delhi, do hereby affirm and declare as below:

1. That I was residing with my uncle Sardar Sital Singh at E-583, Jagjit Nagar, Delhi-53, until November 1984.

2. That on 1-11-84, a mob led by Bhola, his son Raju, and Bhola’s wife guided the mob to our house. The mob also included kerosene oil [illegible]. They burnt our house. We took refuge in the opposite house. Then the mob threatened to burn that house too. My uncle came out and fought the attackers and kept them at bay for quite some time. As no one came to help or intervene he collapsed. I got my hair cut and slipped out and took refuge with my older uncle.

3. That I visited various camps in search of my other relatives.

4. That on 3-11-84 I met one Sardar Sucha Singh at Ludlow Castle School camp, who had come to provide relief to refugees. When I narrated to him my tale of suffering he offered that I stay with him for a few days and assist him in dairy work on payment.

5. He also appealed to me to grow my hair long again and lead the life of a Sikh.

6. That on [illegible]-11-84 my first day at Sardar Sucha Singh’s house at Outram Line, I was examining the location and new place after [illegible] around 11:00 p.m.

7. I noticed a group standing near T.B. Hospital gate. When I neared it with curiosity, a car arrived and Shri Jagdish Tytler, Minister, alighted. I know and recognise him, him being a Congress leader. He used to visit trans-Yamuna also with late Sh. Sanjay Gandhi. He immediately burst out and rebuked the persons forming the group that his instructions have not been faithfully carried out. His position is being greatly compromised and lowered in the eyes of central leaders. there has been only nominal killing in his constituency as compared to East Delhi, Outer Delhi, Cantt., etc. How would he be able to stake claims in the future? "I had promised large-scale killing of the Sikhs, and sought full protection, but you have betrayed and let me down", and he left in a huff.

8. That I narrated the details to Sardar Sucha Singh who nodded that every body by now knows that Congress I leaders of Delhi had instigated the killings.

9. [That w]e remained alert the whole night.

10. That no proper investigation has been done into the killings.

11. That the above-said statement was translated to me in my vernacular also, and is true, and nothing has been concealed therein.

DEPONENT


AFFIDAVIT

I, Surinder Singh, son of Ajit Singh, aged about 52 years, resident of A-4 Staff Quarters, Gurudwara Rakab Gunj, New Delhi presently Head Granthi of Gurudwara Moti Bagh, New Delhi, do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as under:

1. That during Oct/Nov ’84, I was Head Granthi of Gurudwara Pulbangash, near Azad Market, Delhi 7.

2. That on 31-10-84, at about 8 p.m., some miscreants set a car of one Gurcharan Singh Grover, the proprietor of B-Tex (firm manufacturing undergarments at Bahadurgarh Road) who along with his family had come to the Gurudwara to offer prayers. We came out on seeing the fire, but by that time the miscreants had run away from the scene. Within 10-15 minutes there was a huge fire and smoke on the Bahadurgarh roadside. Some people came running and shouting that the house of Gurcharan Singh Grover had been set on fire. Gurcharan Singh’s family got scarred and remained in the Gurudwara until 5:00 a.m.

3. That on 1-11-84, at about 9 a.m., a big mob carrying lathis, iron rods, kerosene oil etc., attacked the Gurudwara. The mob was being led by Jagdish Tytler, the Congress (I) MP of our area. He incited the mob to burn the Gurudwara and kill the Sikhs. Some people in the mob were carrying flags of the Congress. They were raising slogans like "Khoon ka badla khoon se lenge" "Sardar gaddar hain" "Mar do, jala do", etc. Five or six policemen were also in the mob. On being incited by Jagdish Tytler, the mob attacked and burnt the Gurudwara. Thakur Singh, who was a retired Delhi Police Inspector, and an employee of the Gurudwara Management Committee, was killed by the mob. Badal Singh, a sevadar of the Gurudwara, was also killed and burnt alive by putting a burning tyre around his neck. I was watching the entire incident helplessly from the top floor of the Gurudwara. The Gurudwara was also set on fire but the fire did not reach the top floor of the Gurudwara.

4. That in the night the Muslim neighbors rescued us. When I returned on Nov 8, ’84, I found that all of my household goods had been looted.

5. That on 10-11-84, Shri Jagdish Tytler came to the Gurudwara and asked me to sign on two sheets of paper, which I refused to sign.

DEPONENT

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