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Kejriwal urges PM to expedite probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots

delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2016 10:53 IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to expedite investigation into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Kejriwal called the SIT formed by the Centre to probe the riots eyewash. He asked Modi to consider winding up the SIT and allow the Delhi government to set up a special investigation team for “proper investigation and justice for the victims”.

“As you are aware that this year marks the 32nd anniversary of the anti-Sikh massacre. In these 32 years, 10 commissions and committees have eluded the victims. It was a long-standing demand of the Sikh community that an SIT be set up. But neither the BJP nor the Congress governments ever did anything in this regard in 30 years,” Kejriwal wrote.

He said that during his party’s first government of 49 days, his cabinet had taken a decision to form a special investigation team.

“Unfortunately our government did not last long to implement that decision. We were keen to form an SIT and included this demand in our election manifesto. But just two days before I took oath as chief minister of Delhi, the central government set up an SIT on February 12,2015.”

The CM said that there is apprehension in the minds of the people that the SIT was just an eye wash and that the central government had formed an ineffective SIT before he took oath.

First Published: Jun 07, 2016 10:53 IST