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SIT for 1984 Sikh pogrom cases a poll gimmick of BJP, says Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka

February 2, 2015 | By

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today criticized the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) for floating news/ reports of a possible move to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to re-investigate cases related to November 1984 Sikh pogrom. Aam Aadmi Party said such reports were a “poll gimmick” of the Saffron party to get political milage from the issue in wake of Delhi Assembly elections.

Senior Supreme court lawyer and AAP leader Harwinder Singh Phoolka asked why the BJP government had not let the SIT announced by the AAP government to probe the matter instead.

HS Phoolka and Arvind Kejriwal addressing media persons in Delhi on SIT issue (February 01, 2015)

HS Phoolka and Arvind Kejriwal addressing media persons in Delhi on SIT issue (February 01, 2015)

“The AAP government had already formed an SIT. Why did not they let it function in the last nine months? Now they are floating reports of forming another SIT. It is nothing but a poll gimmick,” Phoolka said while addressing a press conference in Delhi.

On the BJP government’s recent decision to provide additional Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of Sikhs killed in the 1984 genocidal violence, Advocate Phoolka maintained that only 17 people had received the compensation amount till date.

HS Phoolka said that AAP government would ensure that the families of all the victims receive compensation within a month.

“We will also form the SIT and make it functional”, he added.

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