Centre nod for SIT to probe anti-Sikh riots

The anti-Sikhs riots had broken out after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2015 3:21 am

The Home Ministry is learnt to have given a green signal to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, within a week.

After the GP Mathur committee submitted a report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the beginning of February, it was decided that an SIT would be constituted after the Delhi Assembly elections. The committee, headed by retired SC Judge GP Mathur, was set up in December 2014 to explore the possibilities of setting up an SIT.

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The anti-Sikhs riots had broken out after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

The Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of 241 cases which had been closed. However, the BJP has sought re-investigation into all the other 237 cases. ens

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    Ashish Sharma
    Feb 21, 2015 at 2:01 am
    whatever happened that time but i think genocide was not the way to take revenge. If beant singh & satwant singh was hanged for what they did then why not the people till date was hanged who murdered many SIKHS....
    1. Kapil Dev
      Feb 14, 2015 at 10:28 am
      It was Beant Singh and Satwant singh who were responsible for 1984 riots and they have already been hanged. If Satwant singh and Beant singh had not done what they did, there would have been no anti-Sikh riots. Some people blame Army entering Golden temple for what Beant/Satwant did. However Army did not do anything new. They took arms inside Golden Temple when Arms were ALREADY INSIDE the Temple. So the first person/s who Took arms inside the Golden Temple were responsible and they were goons of Bhinderwala. Looting and Killings had began in Golden Temple much before Army went in to clean it. Again it was a reaction and not an action. Golden temple was under control of Mughal funded and Mughal weapons terrorists. Sikh Gurus had down laid their lives for fighting Mughal control and Mughal weapons. Had they been alive today, Sikh Gurus would have done the same thing as Army did i.e. fight Mughal control and Mughal weapons. Some people blame Indira for arming Bhinderwala to counter Akali Dal and sending in Arms in Golden Temple and daily lootings and killings of Pligrims by Bhinderwala. Again if we accept this solely for arguments sake even then Indira realized her mistake and sent in Army to cleanse the Temple of Bhinderwala and his goons for which she should have been honored. Looked at from any angle, it was Bhinderwalan,Banta Singh and Santa Singh, (Beant Singh and Satwant Singh) who were responsible for Anti-Sikh 1984 riots and none else as when mob forms, an individual looses its thinking and mobs have no control on its mind. In 1984, Sikhs were burnt by kerosene, similar modus ope was used by same people to burn Hindu pilgrim in 2002, Hindus Jain brothers in Muzzafarnagar (UP) 2013 and Malerkotla 2013. Muslims have always been die hard supporters of congress and Indira hi till 2013 when for the first time they shifted their support to Kejriwal.