SIT set up for re-investigation into 1984 anti-Sikh riots

New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team was set up by the government today for fresh investigation into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases in Delhi and some other states.

An order on setting up of the SIT was issued by the Union Home Ministry this evening, official sources said. The team will submit its report within six months. The three-member SIT will have two Inspector General rank IPS officers and a judicial officer. However, the names are yet to be announced by the government.

The SIT has been constituted following a recommendation of a committee, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) G P Mathur, which was set up to look into the
possibility of re-investigation of the 1984 riots cases.

The committee submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last month recommending setting up of SIT for a fresh probe into the riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

3,325 people were killed in the riots. Of them, Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 and the rest were killed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.

BJP had earlier demanded re-investigation into all anti-Sikh riot cases.

The Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of the 241 cases closed by police but BJP wanted the re-investigation of all the other 237 cases.

However, it was not immediately clear as to how many anti-Sikh riot cases have been recommended for reopening by the Justice Mathur committee.

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