Centre's SIT to reopen 75 closed cases of 1984 riots ahead of polls

| Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 14:35
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New Delhi: A move that could ring political resonance in poll-bound Punjab, the special investigation team (SIT) appointed by the Home Ministry is set to reopen and re-investigate close to 75 closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The riots that killed more than 3,000 people were in retaliation against the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Various Sikh representations have been demanding the reinvestigation of 1984 riot victim cases, eversince the Modi government has come to the power. 
Close to 2,733 deaths were accounted for in Delhi alone and most of those who were killed in then riots were Sikhs. However, owing to the non-availability of substantial documents and lack of evidences, the related cases were closed. Now, after reviewing their documents, the SIT has decided to re-examine about 75 cases so far.
According to the reports, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to expedite the investigations into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Sikh community has been for long demanding the reinvestigation in the riots case. 
Earlier, following a recommendation of Justice (retd) G P Mathur Committee, set up by the Narendra Modi government in December 2014; the Home ministry had increased the compensation to more than 1000 families who had, following the violent massacre migrated to Punjab from different parts of the country. 

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