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AISSF, SFJ urge justice Garg to visit Hondh Chillar mass grave

punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2012 13:29 IST
All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)

All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikh for Justice (SFJ) have urged justice TP Garg to visit the ruins of Hondh-Chillar village where Sikhs were killed in the wake of assassination of the then prime minster Indira Gandhi. Justice Garg is heading the one-man commission set up the by Haryana government on March 5, 2011 to look into the murders.

A mass grave was discovered at Hondh-Chillar in district Rewari where dozens of Sikhs were reported killed in November 1984.

AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad said that justice Garg was issuing notices to the representatives of union government and survivors of Hondh Chillar, but had not taken any action on an FIR (No. 91, dated November 3, 1984) in which the accused were clearly identified.

"Is justice Garg serving the purpose of investigation, or is he shielding the perpetrators of the genocide at Hondh Chillar?" questioned Peermohammad. He asked how could an inquiry commission investigate the killings without visiting the site of the murders?

Peermohammad said that an AISSF team, led by him, would be soon visiting Hondh Chillar, Rewari, Pataudi and Gurgaon. He said the motive of the visit was to mobilise the survivors of November 1984 Sikh genocide and bring them before the Garg commission on July 2.

Sikh for Jusitce (SFJ), an international human rights group seeking justice for November 1984 Sikh genocide, has also requested Garg to visit the genocidal site.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, announced that it would hire senior lawyers to provide legal representation to the survivors in the proceedings before the Garg commission.

Meanwhile, in a press release, Surjit Kaur, who lost twelve members of her family during the attack on village Hondh Chillar, said "I have been waiting for justice for the last three decades. Successive commissions have failed to bring the perpetrators to justice."

Kaur demand that the people responsible for the systematic killing of Sikhs should be punished at the earliest.