1984 anti-Sikh riots: Accused in 7 cases out of 255 convicted

NEW DELHI, Nov 2: Accused in seven cases out of the 255 lodged in connection with 1984 anti-Sikh riots have been convicted by September this year, an RTI query has found.

27 accused in the seven cases were convicted while 591 accused in as many as 121 cases were acquitted, according to the RTI query.

Delhi-based RTI activist Gopal Prasad had filed a query with the anti-riots cell of Delhi Police, which was constituted in 1990, asking for details about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

A total of 255 cases pertaining to 326 deceased victims had been registered, in which 622 accused had been arrested. As per the anti-riots cell, four of the accused are under trial.

In the seven cases, the trial of one is pending while investigation is pending in another.

The case in which investigation is pending has been registered at the Nangloi police station and it has been transferred to CBI upon the direction of Union Home Ministry.

The Government had on October 30 decided to give Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of 3,325 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots triggered after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In 2006, the UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced a package of Rs 717 crore which included monetary compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to each killed in the riots besides financial assistance to injured and those who had lost their property.

Out of this only Rs 517 crore had been spent and the remaining Rs 200 crore could not be distributed because of dispute over claimants. (PTI)


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