Crucial files relating to the murders during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots have gone missing from the government records in Kanpur. More than 125 Sikhs were killed in this UP industrial town, which witnessed the second largest killings, after Delhi, following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
The special investigation team (SIT), set up by the state government in February 2019 to re-examine the 1984 riots cases, have discovered that several important files relating to murder and dacoity were missing.
In some cases, the SIT could not even find the FIR and case dairies, which raises serious questions on the investigation. On the mysterious 'disappearance', Mr. Atul, SIT Chairman and former Director General of Police, said efforts were under way to retrieve the files.
'We want to ascertain the facts. We want to know whether the police closed the cases of murder in the absence of concrete evidence or they filed charge-sheets in the court of trial. However, at the moment I can't elaborate as in many cases relating to murder, we are yet to trace the files,' said Mr. Atul, a former IPS officer of the UP cadre, who also held a senior position in the Central Bureau of Investigation.