27 anti-Sikh riots accused acquitted in Bihar

A local court has acquitted all the 27 accused involved in anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in the absence of witnesses against them in Bihar`s Rohtas district.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 18:00 PM IST

Sasaram: A local court has acquitted all the 27
accused involved in anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in the absence of
witnesses against them in Bihar`s Rohtas district.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (III) Nand Kishore
Sharma, while acquitting the accussed earlier this week
(May 31) for want of evidences, also crticised the police
machinery for its failure to produce the four witnesses in
court, whose absence led the court to let off the accused.

The four witnesses, all police persons, did not turn up on
behalf of the prosecution despite repeated reminders issued by
the court to the SP office and legal cell department of
state`s crime department.

Court sources said that following the assassination of the
then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, rioters had gone berserk
and set on fire a number of shops located on Jhabarmal Gali,
Cinema Road on Dehri-on-Sone, GT road in which shops
belonging to Sardar Buta Singh, Yogendra Singh, Avatar Singh,
Gurubachan Singh, Uttam Singh, Sampoorna Singh and others were
gutted.

The police after arresting 61 anti-socials filed an FIR
against them with the Dehri-on-Sone police station on the
basis of the statement of the then officer-in-charge K Jha and
submitted a chargesheet against them on February 28, 1985. But
the accused succeeded in delaying the trial taking advantage
of legal technicalities.

PTI