The Indian Express – 1984 anti-Sikh riots: SIT seeks to probe 10 cases closed by Kanpur police

As many as 1,251 cases were registered and 127 people were killed in Kanpur during the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Manish Sahu

Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh – India, 22 January 2020. Nearly a year after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to examine and re-investigate 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases of Kanpur, it will move the court to seek permission to further investigate 10 cases in which the local police had earlier filed closure reports.

The SIT has also sent a report to the government seeking permission to file an appeal against the lower court’s judgment in five other cases.

The SIT’s decision comes days after the state Cabinet gave the status of a police station to the SIT, empowering it to investigate cases and initiate legal procedures.

As many as 1,251 cases were registered and 127 people were killed in Kanpur during the riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. Except for 153 cases, police had then filed closure reports in all other cases.

The SIT had earlier identified 39 cases of heinous crimes like murder and dacoity, in which the police had earlier filed charge-sheet in 11 and submitted closure reports in the remaining 28, citing various grounds.

“The 10 cases in which 35 people were killed have been initially selected for further investigation as the complainants and witnesses in these cases have agreed to support the SIT,” said an officer of the SIT.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-sit-seeks-to-probe-10-cases-closed-by-kanpur-police-6228926/

Sikh24.com – SIT submits investigation report on 186 Sikh genocide cases to Supreme Court

By Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 30 November 2019. On 29 November, the Special Investigation Team constituted to re-probe 186 cases pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide has completed its investigation. The Supreme Court of India took on record the confidential report filed by SIT.

Notably, the Supreme Court of India had constituted this Special Investigation Team in January last year to probe these 186 cases which were earlier closed by the respective probe teams.

The former Delhi High Court Judge S N Dhingra was chosen to spearhead this SIT. Initially, three members were appointed in this SIT but one of the SIT member named Rajdeep Singh had refused to be a part of this SIT. Later, the SC had given permission to the SIT to work with two members namely Judge S N Dhingra and IPS officer Abhishek Dular.

The Supreme Court’s move has come in response to a petition moved by a genocide victim Gurlad Singh Kahlon.

Pinky Anand, the additional solicitor general of India, submitted this report to the Supreme Court bench in a sealed cover and requested the Court to discharge the SIT members.

Appearing for victims, senior counsel HS Phoolka opposed the request to disband the SIT before the court examines the SIT report. He also asked for a copy of the report to be supplied to him.

SIT submits investigation report on 186 Sikh genocide cases to Supreme Court

Sikh24.com – No clean chit to Akali leaders in Behbal Klan firing case, clarifies SIT

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 April 2019. In an immediate reaction to media reports claiming clean chit to Akali leaders, the Special Investigation Team has clarified that it didn’t give clean chit to anyone in Behbal Klan firing case.

The SIT has said that it has filed charge-sheet against only one accused Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma and the investigation of some aspects was still underway against him.

Interacting with media, a spokesperson of Punjab police said that how the SIT could give clean chit to anyone when the investigation in this case was still underway.

He clarified that the 792 page charge-sheet was filed against Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma only and solid evidences have been presented in the charge-sheet. “The SIT will file a supplementary charge-sheet against anyone found guilty in this firing incident,” he added.

He further said that if there is not any illustration about someone in the charge-sheet it doesn’t mean that he has been given a clean chit until unless the investigation concludes.

Meanwhile, Sikh24 has learnt that the SIT filed charge-sheet against the Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma in a hurry because if the SIT won’t have filed it then Charanjit Sharma might have become eligible for bail.

Charanjit Sharma was arrested on January 27 this year and it is mandatory for Police to file charge-sheet against the accused within 90 days of his arrest in cases under-trial of Sessions Court.

No clean chit to Akali leaders in Behbal Klan firing case, clarifies SIT

Sikh24.com – “Reinstate IG Kanwar Vijay Partap Singh as SIT member,” Panthik leaders ask Chief Election Officer

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 April 2019. A delegation of Panthik leaders headed by Simranjit Singh Mann staged a peaceful sit-in-strike at Sector-17 of Chandigarh to protest against the removal of IG Kanwar Vijay Partap Singh from the Special Investigation Team appointed to crack the Kotkapura and Behbal Klan firing incidents.

The Panthik leaders, who were in large number, lodged a protest by showing black flags.

Later, these Panthik leaders submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Officer Dr. S. Karuna Raju seeking reinstatement of IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh as a SIT member.

Interacting with the media, Simranjit Singh Mann said that there is a sharp wrath among the Sikh masses against the removal of IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh from the SIT.

He added that the SIT was working in the right direction and it was about to make major breakthroughs with its honest working. “The Chief Election Officer has promised us to convey the demand of the Sikh community to his upper authorities,” he informed.

Bhai Dhian Singh Mand, Gopal Singh Sidhu, Paramjit Singh Saholi, Iqbal Singh Tiwana, Baba Mohan Singh, Gurnam Singh Sandhu, Ranjodh Singh, Ranjit Singh Santokhgarh, Fauja Singh etc. were present on this occasion.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/04/21/reinstate-ig-kunwar-vijay-partap-singh-as-sit-member-panthik-leaders-ask-chief-election-officer/#.XLyuhaRS_IU

Sikh24.com – Police didn’t take any permission from Duty Magistrate to open firing on Sikh protesters, SIT tells High Court

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 March 2019. Replying to a notice by the Punjab & Haryana High Court about the bail plea of Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma, the Special Investigation Team has told the Court that the Police cops didn’t take any permission from the Duty Magistrate Pritpal Singh to open firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Kotkapura and Behbal Klan.

Citing the post-mortem reports of the two Sikh youths martyred by the Police at Behbal Klan, the SIT has told the Court that the Police cops didn’t fire bullets in defense instead they attacked the Sikh protesters as the bullets were fired from very close range.

The SIT further told the Court that the Police cops had cooked a fake story of opening fire in self-defense by later firing bullets on the Gypsy of Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma in Bathinda with the personal weapons of their known ones.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the High Court bench has deferred the next hearing of the case onto 07 May.

It may be recalled here that the Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma was arrested by the SIT on January 27 this year. He was in an attempt to flee from the country, but the SIT got intimated of his plan and nabbed him from his residence in Hoshiarpur.

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/03/21/police-didnt-take-any-permission-from-duty-magistrate-to-open-firing-on-sikh-protesters-sit-tells-high-court/#.XJT2zbh7nIU

The Deccan Chronicle – UP government forms SIT to investigate 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur

About 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India during the pogrom that broke out after Indira Gandhi’s assassination on 31 October 1984.

Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh – India, 06 February 2019. A four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh to investigate the circumstances that led to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur following the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Headed by retired Uttar Pradesh director general of police, Atul, the team includes retired additional director (prosecution) Yogeshwar Krishna Srivastava and retired district judge Subhash Chandra Agarwal. It will also include a senior-level officer from the Uttar Pradesh police.

The SIT has been asked to submit its report in six months, an official statement said on Tuesday.

According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the pogrom that broke out after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on 31 October 1984.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/060219/up-govt-forms-sit-to-investigate-1984-anti-sikh-riots-in-kanpur.html

The Hindu – Gujarat riots: Supreme Court to hear Zakia Jafri’s plea after 4 weeks

New Delhi – India, 15 January 2019. The Supreme Court on January 15 said it would hear after four weeks a plea by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 Godhra riots.

Zakia, the wife of Ehsan Jafri, an ex-MP who was killed in one of the worst incidents during the riots, has challenged the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017, order rejecting her plea against the SIT’s decision.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi, and the counsel appearing for the petitioner said they have circulated a letter seeking an adjournment of the hearing.

“You are asking for four weeks and we are giving you four weeks. List the matter after four weeks,” the bench said.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sc-to-hear-after-4-weeks-zakia-jafris-plea-against-clean-chit-to-modi-in-guj-riots/article25998649.ece