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Hondh Chillar Massacre: Garg commission submits reports; Recommends compensation for Sikh killings and Gurdwara destruction

March 29, 2015 | By

Haryana: The Justice T.P. Garg Commission, which was appointed to probe the massacre of 32 Sikhs at Hondh Chillar village in Rewari district of Haryana on November 2, 1984 submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on March 27.

CM Khattar said the government accepted the recommendations of the Commission in the Hondh Chillar case and also decided to give it six months extension for Gurgaon and Pataudi cases.

The Commission recommended payment of additional amount of Rs.20 lakh over and above the amount already paid (which is Rs. 7 lakh on three occasions spreading over a period of 23 years from the year 1984-85 to 2006-07) to the claimants for each of 31 deceased (belonging to village Hondh) and a sum of Rs.25 lakh to the widow of lone army man Inderjit Singh as she has not been paid any amount whatsoever by way of compensation till date.

Sikh Village in Haryana burnt during 1984 Sikh Genocide

Sikh Village in Haryana burnt during 1984 Sikh Genocide

It recommended payment of additional amount of Rs.5 lakh for the loss of property to each of 36 petitioners over and above the amount of compensation already paid.

Further a sum of Rs.5 lakh each would be paid to the Gurdwara and the Janj Ghar to those religious structures which may have been raised by the majority of the survivors of village Hondh.

The panel has recommended payment of additional amount of Rs. 1 lakh to five persons who suffered simple injuries and a sum of Rs.50 lakh be paid to another claimant, Satpal, who had filed his claim through his guardian and mother Ramesh Kumari on account.

The Commission had received 273 petitions and had examined 455 witnesses.

Reacting on Garg Commission’s report, the Dal Khalsa on March 28 said that the one-man commission constituted by his government on March 5 four years ago to probe into the killings of 32 Sikhs in village Hondh-Chillar has turned out to be a damp squib.

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