CBI files closure report in Mangolpuri anti-Sikh riots case

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 20:48

New Delhi: After filing chargesheets in two
cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, CBI on Wednesday submitted a
closure report in a case pertaining to the death of a medical
practitioner here during the 25-year-old incident.

The report was filed in the court of CMM, Tis Hazari
Court, in the case pertaining to the death of Iqbal Singh
Chadda, a medical practitioner in Mangolpuri area here, during
riots following assassination of Indira Gandhi, the then prime
minister of India, a CBI spokesperson said.

"During the investigation conducted by CBI, the
complainant could not give any information as to where, when
and who killed her husband Dr Chadda and burnt his body.

"Moreover, witnesses earlier examined by the local police
were also questioned but they could not provide any
information relating to the killing of Dr Iqbal Singh Chadda,"
the official said.

During the extensive field investigation conducted at
Mangolpuri, it was found that several persons or witnesses
residing there in 1984 have since expired.

"Several others have shifted their residence and are not
traceable in spite of best efforts. During the process, two
relevant witnesses were traced. In their examination, they
stated that Dr Iqbal Singh Chadda had taken shelter in their
home in the intervening night of November one and two, 1984.

"In the wee hours of November 2, 1984, a mob entered
their house, dragged out Dr Chadda and killed him near their
house. They stated that they could not identify any of the
assailants. Later on, they came to know that Dr Iqbal Singh
Chadda was killed in the street near their house by a mob and
his dead body was burnt by putting a `khokha` on it," the
official said.

An FIR was registered at Police Station Mangolpuri in
connection with the riots that followed the assassination of
Indira Gandhi, the then PM of India.

Further, the government had appointed the Nanavati
Commission in May 2000 for enquiring into the 1984 anti Sikh
riots incidents. The Nanavati Commission submitted its report
to the government on February 9, 2005.

After considering the findings of the Nanavati
Commission, the Ministry of Home Affairs, directed CBI on
October 24, 2005 to investigate or re-investigate the cases
including this case. Accordingly, this case was re-registered
in CBI.

During investigation, various affidavits, filed before
different commissions and considered by the Nanavati
Commission, were obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs,
segregated police station wise and the relevant affidavits
relating to police station Mangolpuri were scrutinised.

"The scrutiny of the affidavits revealed that the
affidavits filed by only one affiant pertains to the death of
Dr Iqbal Singh Chadda. The said affiant had expired on June
3, 2005, therefore could not be examined," he said.

Furthermore, the contents of the affidavits could not be
corroborated or substantiated during the investigation.

During investigation, a list of 10 affiants, all
residents of Mangolpuri during 1984, who had filed affidavits
before Nanavati commission, was collected with the help of the
November 1984 Carnage Justice Committee.

Examination of available witnesses could not yield any
relevant information pertaining to this incident, the official
said.

Later, a person, who had surfaced in media as a witness
to anti-Sikh riot incidents, was also examined. But he
expressed his ignorance about the killing of Dr Iqbal Singh
Chadda.

Polygraph test of some suspects or accused persons were
also conducted but no deception was reported.

Therefore, despite hardest and sincere efforts put in
during the investigation by CBI, no evidence could be gathered
against the suspects or accused persons involved in the murder
of Dr Iqbal Singh Chadda, the official added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 20:48

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