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Sikh riot commission must quickly deal with cases: Federation

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Jamshedpur, Feb 24: The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has said that the ‘One Man Commission’ set up by the State government for disposal of 1984 Sikh riots cases must expedite to deliver results for the victims of Sikh riots. Gambhir has written a letter to the 1984 Riot Victims Judicial Commission regarding justice for the riot victims in which the point-by-point facts of the Commission have been laid.

As per the order of the Hon’ble High Court, the Government of Jharkhand constituted a member commission headed by retired Judge Justice DP Singh.

The Hon’ble High Court had ordered the Commission to hold a hearing at least twice a month. The 1984 anti-Sikh riot and murder case has to be inquired about pending cases in the courts and information about prosecution of cases from the district police headquarters.

He went on to add that the order of hearing by the commission is very slow and in such a situation it may take many years for the victims to get justice. He urged the Commission that instead of two hearings in a month, day-to-day or three days a week, hearing is very important, so that cases can be disposed of quickly.

For expeditious disposal of cases, the number of days of hearing should be increased and a written application from the government should be sought to provide the infrastructure.

The Jharkhand chapter has demanded that though the Jharkhand Government has set up a one-man commission to provide compensation for the victims but due to lack of resources the commission has failed to take any step in this direction.

Gambhir said that the assassination of Indira Gandhi led to the 1984 Sikh Massacre in India. Sikhs in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Ramgarh and Adityapur ( Seraikela Kharsawan District) were murdered to death while their properties were destroyed.

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