The Union home ministry and the Delhi government are on loggerheads over providing logistics to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has been constituted to freshly look into the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.
The ministry has written a letter to the state government saying more than two and half months have passed since the SIT was constituted but it has not been able to move forward in the absence of required manpower. The Delhi government officials, however, have declined the charge.
“The whole issue has been misinterpreted. Despite the fact that the SIT was constituted on February 12, the home ministry wrote to us only on May 1 asking to provide a public prosecutor for the SIT. It is not our duty to provide them sub-inspectors or assistant sub-inspectors for investigation purposes. It is the job of the home ministry. We are making everything public,” said a Delhi government official requesting anonymity.
The home ministry had set up the SIT on February 12 to conduct a fresh probe in all the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that had been registered in the Capital. The SIT has been headed by Pramod Asthana, a 1986-batch IPS officer of the Manipur-Tripura cadre, along with former district judge Rakesh Kapoor and additional commissioner of Delhi Police Kumar Gyanesh as its members.
The team was asked to submit its report in six months.
Nearly 2,733 people were killed in the Delhi anti-Sikh riots that took place after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The Delhi Police registered 587 cases in total in connection with the riots.
Later, it closed 241 cases but out of the closed ones, four cases were reopened in 2006 and one in 2013, resulting in the conviction of five. The rest of the 237 cases remained closed.