People seeking justice for the Sikhs massacred after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi 28 years ago are unhappy with the pace of investigation.
A day after investigating commission leader justice TP Garg visited Hondh Chilhar village in Rewari district of Haryana to look into a mass murder there during the November 1984 riots, the All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) on Friday asked for an inquiry team of three high-court judges to examine the genocidal attacks on Sikhs across Haryana.
"It took 16 months and continuous appeals to merely get justice Garg to the site of the attacks, and with this pace of inquiry, the commission will need another decade to complete the investigation," said Karnail Singh Peermohammad, president of the AISSF. "For timely and thorough investigation, we seek a three-member commission of high-court judges."
The first-information report (FIR) 91 lodged on November 3, 1984, carries the names of the people who attacked Hondh Chilhar, killed several-dozen Sikhs, and burnt their property. "Justice Garg failed to take any action on the FIR," said Peermohammad.The AISSF and SFJ will lobby with the Haryana government for the formation of another commission to have a verdict within six months.
In March 2011, a public-interest petition by the two Sikh bodies had prompted the Haryana government to create the one-man commission of Justice TP Garg to look into the Hondh Chilhar episode. In April 2012, it extended the commission's scope to Gurgaon and Pataudi.