SIT set up for re-investigation into 1984 anti-Sikh riots

BJP had earlier demanded re-investigation into all anti-Sikh riot cases.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2015 10:27 pm
1984 anti-sikh riots, Delhi court, Anti sikh riots Relatives of the victims of the 1984 riots protest in Delhi.

A Special Investigation Team was set up by the government on Thursday for fresh investigation into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases in Delhi and some other states.

An order on setting up of the SIT was issued by the Union Home Ministry this evening, official sources said.

The team will submit its report within six months.

The three-member SIT will have two Inspector General rank IPS officers and a judicial officer. However, the names are yet to be announced by the government.

The SIT has been constituted following a recommendation of a committee, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) G P Mathur, which was set up to look into the possibility of re-investigation of the 1984 riots cases.

The committee submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last month recommending setting up of SIT for a fresh probe into the riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

3,325 people were killed in the riots. Of them, Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 and the rest were killed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.

BJP had earlier demanded re-investigation into all anti-Sikh riot cases.

The Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of the 241 cases closed by police but BJP wanted the re-investigation of all the other 237 cases.

However, it was not immediately clear as to how many anti-Sikh riot cases have been recommended for reopening by the Justice Mathur committee.

Of the 241 related cases, only four were reopened and re-investigated by CBI. In two of the cases, CBI had filed a charge sheet and in one of the cases five persons, including a former MLA, were convicted.

On December 10, 2014, the government had approved a proposal to give an additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The compensation to the families of the riot victims will be in addition to what they have already received from the government and other agencies.

The fresh compensation will cost the exchequer Rs 166 crore.

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  1. R
    Feb 13, 2015 at 3:41 am
    This is another BJP stunt. The BJP (The political arm of the SANGH PARIVAR) is only superficially inclusive. It is a conglomerate of deep seeded communal thinking and intolerant atudes. But sadly they have been able to figure out common minimum requirement to successfully SELL their phony facade of inclusiveness to the unsuspecting public. They new fully well that AAP and declared that they will establish an SIT to look into the Sikh Genocide of 1984. And now with the AAP Avalanche that swept them into almost oblivion triggered the setting up SIT just hours before AAP is to takes charg. Where was BJP's SIT when they had their government in Delhi more than a decade ago? The fact that no one talks about is that their patron saint, Mr. Atul Bihari Bajpayee's words in 1978 are the conerstone of BJP and Hindutawa worshipers, regarding the Sikh community of India. He said in Chandigarh, in 1978, that Sikhs should accept that they are part of Hindus. When Sikhs objected by saying NO, they are an independent religiion, he quipped, "If you refuse to become part of Hindus, YOU WILL GET NOTHING". Well, he was wrong, Sikhs got a lot. They got the DRUG MENACE. THE Got DENIAL of upgrading the AMRITSAR Airport to an international airport. They Got DENIAL for making any city in Punjab a technology city. They God a DENIAL on bringing any meaningful Industry to Punjab since independence. They did get radiation poisoning and enough pollution to turn large swaths of PUNJAB into a CANCER ZONE. What other tragedy will befall the Sikhs if they keep on trusting BJP/BADALS and the Congress, God only knows!
    1. Kapil Dev
      Feb 14, 2015 at 10:13 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.
      1. V
        Feb 13, 2015 at 1:23 am
        Congress talks a lot about Ghodra, never about Sikh macre . This should not have happend to Sikhs, who are tolerant to other communities
        1. R
          Real bakchod
          Feb 13, 2015 at 3:58 am
          HA ha hah ha.... what a joke....