1984 riots: 32 years later, families in SAS Nagar await allotment of houses

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2016 15:44 IST
Daljeet Singh with the Tamar Patra his father was awarded as a freedom fighter, in SAS Nagar on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Having lost his house in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Daljeet Singh (55), who lives with his family in a rented accommodation at Dhakoli near Zirapkur, is waiting for allotment of house under the riot victims’ category.

Daljeet moves from one government office to another with the red card he was issued as a riot victim. There are 871 families in SAS Nagar which are waiting allotment from the Greater Mohali Area Development authority (GMADA).

Disappointed over the government’s apathy, Daljeet, son of a freedom fighter, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying this Independence Day he would return the Tamar Patra awarded to his father Gulzar Singh.

Daljeet had in February written a letter to the PM, whose office had asked the Punjab government to take action.

“I have knocked at doors of the administration, GMADA, chief minister and even Prime Minister, seeking allotment of a house anywhere in Punjab but to no avail,” he said.

A senior GMADA official said, “As per the procedure, Daljeet Singh’s name has to be in the list of riot victims prepared by the DC office. He will be considered for allotment only then. We do not have powers to allot houses directly. When houses are available, allotment will be made.”

“My name is on the list of riot victims,” Daljeet claimed.

Daljeet said, “The red card has lost its meaning due to corruption. Illegal occupants backed by local leaders have occupied houses while genuine red-card holders are moving from government office to another to get justice.”

He said the government had paid him a compensation of `2 lakh which was given to riot victims with an assurance of allotting them a house.

“Inquiries have been made about me. I do not own any property. Even then I am not getting my due,” said Daljeet who is into transport business.

SAS Nagar deputy commissioner DS Mangat said, “Houses are to be allotted as per availability. We have a list of riot victims who will be allotted houses when available”.


The GMADA had earmarked 87 houses in Phase 11, SAS Nagar, that are to be allotted to the riot victims having red cards. Carrying out a verification survey, the GMADA found that about 50 houses were occupied by ineligible persons.

It issued eviction notice to these families. After getting these houses vacated, it will allot the same to eligible families.

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