Jamshedpur : The Sikh community on Monday welcomed the Delhi High Court’s order reversing the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. All India Sikh Youth Federation welcomed the verdict of the Delhi High Court, asserting that the organization would continue to fight for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Satnam Singh Gambhir, president of the federation said, “We thank the court for giving us justice. Our fight will continue till Sajjan Kumar and JagdishTytler gets a death sentence and Gandhi family is dragged to the court and put in jail.”
While announcing the verdict, the court observed, “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”
State president of the federation Gambhir said that ever since the victims of 1984 Sikh genocide are still pinning hopes on the Government to receive justice, which has been denied from past several decades.
He 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.
He said that as per the FIR filed by the police in Bokaro alone 90 Sikhs were killed. There were several families whose members became handicapped for life and lost means of livelihood. Surprisingly the number of victims mentioned in FIR reports is different what the Government Report claims. As per the police in Bokaro alone 90 Sikhs were killed while as per the Government claims 79 persons died during the riots.
“ We wish to draw the Government’s attention towards another startling fact. As per the Government records, a total of 460 cases of murders and violence were filed in Jharkhand during the riots. Out of these cases only 129 cases have been filed in the Court. While 130 cases were branded ‘ unsolved’ and the files of these cases were shelved. To utter surprise, even after 30 years of the genocide about 13 cases are still pending in different courts of Jharkhand in which the initial investigation has not been called into”, said Gambhir.
Gambhir said that the ‘ One Man Commission’ for disposal of 1984 Sikh riots cases has been set up but it has failed to take action so far. He said that the State Government does not seem serious to provide justice to the victims of the riots.