1984 riots victims’ kin want compensation hiked

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 23:20 IST
The TP Garg commission has, as per media reports, recommended `12.07 crore as compensation for the kin of victims in Gurgaon and Pataudi. (HT File)

The victims of 1984 anti Sikh riots in Pataudi and Gurgaon have demanded an enhancement in the compensation reportedly recommended by Justice (retd) TP Garg Commission, which submitted its report to the government on April 29.

The one member commission has, as per media reports, recommended Rs 12.07 crore as compensation for the kin of victims in Gurgaon and Pataudi.

The families of 36 people killed in Gurgaon and Pataudi will be given Rs 5.75 crore cumulatively, while the two injured in the riots would get Rs 26 lakh.

The victims and their families, however, claimed that as many as 47 persons were killed in Gurgaon and 17, two of them teenaged girls, were killed in Pataudi on November 2, 1984.

The families also claimed that nearly 300 houses were gutted in Gurgaon alone.

“After a wait of 32 years, we are told that half of the victims’ families are not entitled to compensation. If a cop dies in Delhi, he gets Rs 1.25 crore and we are told that 86 families that suffered commercial losses will get just Rs 1.21 crore amongst them. This is like making a joke of us,” said Santokh Singh Sawhney, president of Riots Action Committee, which organised a meeting to demand an enhanced compensation.

Also, Rs 4.8 crore will be given to 96 families whose residential properties were damaged in Gurgaon and Pataudi. An additional Rs 5 lakh has been recommended for damages to the two gurdwaras in Gurgaon and Pataudi.

The families have blamed the BJP-led Haryana government for failing to do justice to them even after 32 years.

The previous Hooda-led government had constituted the commission TP Garg commission on March 5, 2011, to inquire into the killings of 32 Sikhs in Hond Chillarh village of Rewari district.

Later, the scope of the commission was extended to include the anti-Sikh violence cases in Gurgaon and Pataudi districts.

The report of Hond Chillarh village was submitted to the government in March 2015.

“Nearly 10,000 Sikh families in Gurgaon have been directly or indirectly affected by the 1984 riots. Not only lives, but businesses and houses were also lost,” said JP Singh Sahni, the vice-president of the committee.

The victims’ families said they will raise the issue once again with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and seek his intervention in the matter.

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