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1984 riots: No proof against accused in 21 cases

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:47

New Delhi: Investigators could not find
evidence against accused in 21 cases related to anti-Sikh riots registered in police stations in south-west Delhi, police said Wednesday.

Of the 56 cases registered by five police stations of the
South West District against 225 persons under various
sections of Indian Penal Code, three resulted in conviction,
two were pending trials and in 30 cases, accused were
acquitted, they said.

The rest 21 cases had been sent as "untraced".
One of the "untraced" cases was the one registered on
November 1, 1984 in Naraina police station in which "three unknown person (were) burnt and killed". This case was declared untraced on March 10, 1985.
In police parlance, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan
Bhagat said, sending a case as untraced means that there is
not enough evidence to proceed for trial.

"It actually means that the facts could not be
substantiated against the alleged persons due to lack of
evidence or the identity of the alleged persons involved in
the crime could not be established in investigation or for any
other reason," he said.

The cases, filed in Najafgarh, Dabri, Naraina, Inderpuri
and Delhi Cantonment police stations of the national capital,
were for allegedly inciting mob and killing people.
Some senior political leaders were made accused by the
Justice G T Nanavati commission, established by the
government to investigate cases related to Anti-Sikh riots.

The riots were triggered in Delhi and some other parts
of the country following the assassination of the then Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.


First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:39

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