Mumbai: The ghost of the 1984 communal riots which broke out after the assassination of then Prime minister Indira Gandhi and claimed thousands of lives has come to haunt the Congress once again.
The Allahabad Court in April this year re-opened five cases in connection with the 1984 Anti Sikh riots that were closed in 1986. Only a few days ago the Court has also directed the Home Secretary to file an affidavit on a plea that was admitted in Court demanding proper compensation and rehabilitation to Sikhs in connection with the riots.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had informed the Supreme Court that the Special Investigative Tribunal (SIT) investigating the 1984 riots had no case files in approximately 263 cases as per the data revealed by the status report filed by the NDA Govt. on the SIT investigation.
The accused Kishan Khokhar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari LAL and two others were held guilty in the murder case of a family’s five members. The trial court had acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, but awarded life term to Khokhar, Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal.
An interesting observation is that the Court took suo motto (on its own) cognizance of the “errors” in the 1986 trial judgment, adding that key eyewitnesses were not examined and cases were closed “very rapidly” seemingly without proper investigation and trial.
Another parallel and high profile case which too was reopened earlier in Dec 2015 is the case against Congress bigwig Jagdish Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma. Tytler is accused of leading a mob in the 1984 Pul Bangash case in which three Sikhs were killed.The CBI had earlier in February given a clean chit to Tytler in the case but re-opened the investigation in the wake of Abhishek Verma’s allegations and requested the Court to direct the duo to appear before it for conducting polygraph test towards further investigation in the matter. Verma had told the CBI that Tytler was allegedly pressurizing witnesses in the case.
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All does not seem to over yet despite 33 years have passed for the event…….. . As Bob Dylan’s song rightly says ‘The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind’.