’84 riots: Delhi Cabinet’s go-ahead for SIT probe

NEW DELHI (TIP): The Delhi Government on February 6 gave its nod to a proposal to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The SIT will re-investigate the First Information Reports (FIR) pertaining to the riots and also file fresh cases, if necessary. “The team, which will consist of an officer from outside Delhi, will inquire into allegations of destruction of evidence, register appropriate cases and investigate the same,” said Education Minister Manish Sisodia after the Cabinet meeting.

The recommendation has been sent to the Lieutenant Governor for approval. The probe team will finalise and file the chargesheet in the court wherever enough evidence is available. It will be given one year to complete its work from the date of it coming into existence.

“The 1984 riots is a black mark on Delhi’s history. The actual numbers of deaths were much higher than the official records and so were the numbers of FIRs, many of which cases were closed down,” he said.

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