AISSF seeks judicial panel to probe anti-Sikh riots
The All-India Sikh Students' Federation (AISSF) on Sunday demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the 1984 riots in Jharkhand.chandigarh Updated: Mar 01, 2015 20:06 IST
The All-India Sikh Students' Federation (AISSF) on Sunday demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the 1984 riots in Jharkhand.
A delegation of the AISSF led by its Bihar-Jharkhand unit president Satnam Singh Gambhir met Jharkhand chief minister Raghuvar Das and submitted a memorandum listing its demand.
Gambhir said the anti-Sikh violence had taken place in several districts of undivided Bihar, including Bokaro, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Ramgarh, Adityapur (Seraikela-Kharswan), which are now a part of Jharkhand, following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.
Several Sikhs had been killed in the violence and property damaged in the riots, he said, adding, that 90 members of the community were done to death in Bokaro alone while several others became handiccaped and lost their livelihood.
Gambhir alleged that the casualty figure as per the police record and the government record did not tally. Of the total 460 cases been lodged in the state, 129 were taken to courts while 130 cases were closed, he said.
Gambhir said 13 cases were still pending without any preliminary investigation taking place even three decades after the incident.