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Mathur Panel recommends SIT for Nov. 1984 cases; DSGMC meets Indian Home Minister

February 1, 2015 | By

New Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today called on India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue of Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe in the cases related to November 1984 massacre of the Sikhs in Delhi.

Manjit Singh GK and others

Manjit Singh GK and others

“We have requested the Home Minister that recommendations given by GP Mathur ji should be taken into consideration, he assured us justice will be done,” DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK told media persons after the meeting.

“G P Mathur has given their finding to the government. He has recommended an SIT probe in the 1984 riots cases. They should look into the cases which have been closed or are pending. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the Justice Mathur committee. Akali Dal has been fighting from a long time for justice,” he added.

Mathur Panel recommends SIT to “relook” into more than two hundred cases

There are reports in media the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) led government in the Center has decided to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe those cases related to November 1984 Sikh massacre in Delhi, which were closed by the police and did not reach courts.

A report by NDTV reports unnamed source as saying that the official announcement about the SIT will be made after elections in Delhi are over. The report further added that its members will be decided in next three days.

The former SC judge, in his 45-page report, has also suggested setting up of a Special Investigation Team for the purpose.

Justice (retired) G P Mathur panel, set up in December 2014 following protests from Sikh groups and others about the closure of November 1984 anti-Sikh massacre cases, is learnt to have favoured reinvestigation of many important cases where crucial evidence was overlooked.

The report says there are more than two hundred such cases which need a “relook”. In its report, the committee has said that in many cases crucial evidence was overlooked and there should be a fresh probe.

Mathur Panel, which was constituted in December last year, had a three-month term but submitted its report within 45 days.

Reports say that the committee has pointed out that not much can be done in cases which have been disposed by various courts, but fresh probe needs to be carried out in cases where despite evidence the police instead of filing chargesheets went ahead with closing the cases. Sources say these involve cases against Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler.

The families of the victims have alleged that Delhi police ignored evidence and witness accounts under political pressure and closed these cases.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had recently admitted that the November 1984 massacres were “genocide” and assured the victims that government will bring the culprits to justice. It is notable that Sikhs were targeted and subjected to genocidal violance in throughout India in November 1984 after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

It is notable that Aam Aadmi Party government led by Arvind Kejriwal had recommended Special Investigation Team (SIT) to re-probe 1984 Sikh massacre related cases in Delhi.

Effectiveness of any SIT remains under question

The effectiveness of any SIT is under question as thirty years have already passed since the massacre of Sikhs and 11 commissions and committees formed by various Indian government to ‘inquire’ into the Sikh carnage of 1984 have failed to deliver justice to the victims.

Thirty Years of Impunity and denial of Justice

It is notable that high ups in the Congress party and the Indian administration perpetrated the Sikh genocidal violence against the Sikhs in November 1984, in which thousands of Sikhs were massacred throughout India. Culprits of the genocidal massacres of Nov. 1984 have enjoyed impunity and high political posts during past three decades where as the victims of the massacre were left to perish as the justice was blatantly denied in these cases.

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