UP to probe anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur

UP to probe anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur


The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur, in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, an official said.

The SIT, headed by former Director General of Police (DGP), Mr.  Atul, has been tasked with 'threadbare investigation' of cases in which the accused have been let off after the initial probe and a final report has been filed by the police, according to informed sources.

Constituted on the directives of the Supreme Court, the SIT will submit its report to the state government in six months. Based on a petition filed by Manjeet Singh and others, the apex court has asked the state government to form the SIT.

Apart from the former DGP, other members on the SIT include retired district judge,Mr.  Subhash Chandra Agarwal, and retired additional director (Prosecution), Mr.  Yogeshwar Krishna Srivastava. The Kanpur police chief will be the member-secretary.

An official said the SIT would look into the heinous crimes committed during that period first and if need be would investigate it further under Section 173 (8) of the CrPC.

Many Sikhs were brutally butchered on roads during the 1984 riots and several cases were filed in Nazirabad and Bajaria and other police stations, an official said.