1984 Sikh riots cases: Centre's SIT examines 1,000 witnesses during re-investigation

New Delhi: The SIT set up by the Centre for re-investigation of the 1984 Sikh riots cases examined more than 1,000 witnesses in different states, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

File image of a Sikh man looking at photos of the 1984 riots. AFP

File image of a Sikh man looking at photos of the 1984 riots. AFP

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the Special Investigation Team has scrutinised records of 293 cases and after scrutiny, a total 60 cases were re-opened for further investigation.

"Out of these 60 cases, charge-sheet has been filed in four cases, 51 cases have been closed after conducting further investigation and further investigation in five cases is under progress. The SIT has examined more than 1,000 witnesses in different states in the country," he said replying a written question.

The minister said there was no delay on the part of the SIT in completing the investigation. The records are very old hence, after constant follow up with different agencies, large part of the records could be traced out.

"As the records are very old, they are also in very bad shape. Several records are in Urdu language, which had to be translated. Several complainants and witnesses who had to be examined could be located with great difficulty as they had shifted their homes, some were migrated to foreign countries," he said.

Ahir said the SIT has published public notices in 11 leading newspapers on four different occasions in Hindi, English and Punjabi language in Delhi, Chandigarh and Punjab.

In these notices, SIT has requested individuals, group of persons, associations, institutions and organisations acquainted with the facts of the case to give evidence/depose about the same so as to facilitate further investigation.

The details of these cases were also uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs to give wide publicity.

"The outcome of the investigation has been conveyed to the complainants or their legal heirs by the SIT. The progress of the work of the SIT is being monitored by the MHA on regular basis," he said.

Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 19:16 PM

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