NEW DELHI: The Centre’s special investigation team (SIT) is set to reopen and reinvestigate around 75 closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the national capital, a move that could ring political resonance in poll-bound Punjab.
The riots that killed more than 3,000 people were in retaliation against the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 deaths and most of those killed were Sikhs, the leading community in Punjab where assembly polls are due in 2017.
“Delhi had 237 anti-Sikh riot cases that were closed because of non-availability of victims or lack of evidence. After reviewing their documents, the SIT has decided to reopen about 75 cases so far,” a government official involved in 4 2 Congress BJP 3 1 BJP BJP-backed IND the review process said.
The SIT will issue advertisements regarding these cases and ask victims and witnesses to join the probe.
“The SIT plans to hold public hearings as well in the next couple months in order to enable people, connected to these cases, to provide information,” the official said.
Delhi Police registered 587 cases in connection with the riots. Later, it closed 241 cases but four were reopened in 2006 and one in 2013, which led to the conviction of 35 people. The rest of the 237 cases remained closed.