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Modi Govt. denies making announcement of compensation for 1984 Sikh Massacres’ victims

November 5, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India: Just days after making the announcement, the Indian Government on November 03 conveyed to the Election Commission of India that it had not made any announcement about the grant of additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the 1984 Sikh massacre victims’ families as reported in the media.

November 1984 Sikh Houses Burnt

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In the reply submitted by the Home Ministry to the Commission in response latter’s query, the government had denied the move and held that it did not make any such announcement as reported in the media, news reports quote unnamed sources from Election Commission.

Taking note of the reports about announcement of additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victims’ families, the ECI had sought clarification from the government on Friday (Oct. 31).

The official sources on Friday (Oct. 31) confirmed that the Home Ministry had decided to provide an additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to next of kin of those killed in 1984 anti-Sikh massacre in Delhi and elsewhere.

However, neither an official announcement was made nor it was implemented probably in the wake of model code of conduct that was in force in view of bypolls on three assembly seats in Delhi.

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