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Three more Hondh Chilhars: AISSF

punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2012 15:41 IST
Bharat Khanna
Bharat Khanna
Hindustan Times
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After Hondh Chilhar, three more places in Haryana now are claimed to be sites of Sikh killings during the 1984 riots that broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Haily Mandi (Pataudi), Gudha Kemla, and Kaneena Mandi also are littered with the community's blood, the All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) have stated within days of Justice TP Garg beginning his investigation into the Hondh Chilhar massacre.

At Gudha Kemla and Kaneena Mandi villages in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, hundreds of Sikh families were killed in the planned violence of November 1984, the AISSF and SFJ have claimed. The Haryana government had ignored a first-information report lodged in November 1984 at Kaneena, disclosing the burning of shops and people.

"Nearly 42 families of Gudha took shelter at the house of Harnam Singh when the attackers torched their shops at Kaneena," Khem Singh, former sarpanch of Gudha Kemla, told the media here on Sunday. Many other survivors stood with him.

The Sikhs of Gudha had their shops in Kaneena Mandi, six kilometers away. "The rioters even laid siege to the house of Harnam Singh for a week but we were lucky to escape and reach Bathinda," said Khem Singh.

"Another Haryana village, Haily Mandi near Pataudi, was the scene of Sikh killings, and the government took no note of the FIRs," said AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad. "We demand a new investigation into the entire killings in Haryana. Let a team of high court judges dig out the truth."

"In Haily Mandi, more than 28 Sikhs were killed," said AISSF general secretary Devinder Singh. "At its railway station, death squads poured kerosene oil on people before burning them alive."

FIRs 282 and 283 registered at Pataudi on November 12, 1984, name 15 suspects and mention 24 eyewitnesses, and yet in April 1986, sessions judge VM Jain acquitted the accused over lack of evidence. In the Gudha and Kaneena cases, the reports were lodged at Kaneena.