The Uttarakhand government has suspended two civil servants, Dr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey and Chandresh Yadav, both IAS with immediate effect after the Uttarakhand governor signed the state government’s recommendation for their suspension.

Both the officers were allegedly found involved in the corrupt practices in the NH 74 scam in which they have been accused of granting undue favours to certain interested parties by arbitrarily entering / converting the government land in govt records into private land and benefitting the illegal encroachers to the tune of crores of rupees.

The investigation of the special task force had allegedly found both these Indian Administrative Service Officers guilty of their direct complicity in this illegal and fishy activities amounting to open corruption thus benefitting the illegal encroachers rather than initiating punitive legal actions against them.

According to the official order of the suspension of Dr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey, IAS issued by the Deputy Chief Secterary of government of Uttarakhand Radha Raturi vide letter number 860/ xxx -1-18-19 ( investigation)/ 2018, 11 th September has stated that it has been revealed that in the process of Land acquisition for the National Highway 74′ s arbitration process Dr. Pandey has openly violated the provisions of the National Highways Arbitration Act 1980 n 1956 National Highways Act, including the central and state government’s financial rules, regulations and orders thus committing a serious open fraud and corruption by illegally helping the unlawful encroachers as well as coverting the govt land into the private land and sanctioning crores of rupees as illegal financial compensations.

The action has been initiated against both these IAS officers after their full complicity in the fishy and corrupt act and being duly proved and substantiated by the special task force investigating the scam.

It may be recalled that soon after being sworn in as the Chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has immediately recommended the multi crore NH 74 scam for the CBI investigation to the central government but was turned down by the National Highways and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari citing the reason that it may amount to the unnecessary harrasment of the NHAI officers and hampering of the ongoing work. However, the investigation was thereafter handed over to the special task force.

It may be recalled that Dr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey is the 2000 batch IAS officer who had been the district magistrate of Chamoli, Almora, Champavat, Uttarkashi and Uddham Singh Nagar. He had been the recipient of the Presidential honour for an outstanding job of census. He was looking over the charge of Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand from December 2013 to November 2015 the duration of the NH 74 Scam.

Another suspended IAS officer Chandresh Yadav is of 2006 batch having served as the district majistrates in Dehradun, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Udham Singh Nagar. He also served as the MD of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam.

Sunil Negi is a veteran journalist and President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum. He majorly writes on politics, current affairs and social issues.


Gautam Gambhir tweet’s : Compensation is merely band aid to the oozing wounds, slams Delhi CM on 5 lakh compensation to the deceaseds’ of fire tragedy



Gautam Gambhir tweet's : Compensation is merely band aid to the oozing wounds, slams Delhi CM on 5 lakh compensation to the deceaseds' of fire tragedy

The Delhi government of AAM AADMI PARTY’s chief minister Arvind Kejrival has announced Rs. five lakh as monetary compensation in connection with the hotel tragedy in which 17 persons were reported to have been killed.

A massive fire due to short circuit that started at 4.00 AM today early morning in hotel Arpit in Karol Bagh spread so rapidly that in just few hours the entire hotel especially its two upper stories were completely engulfed in fire killing 17 persons on the spot while a mother n child were constrained to jump from the fourth floor after they could not get the safe exit. Both of them died after the fall.

About 12 fire fighting engines could finally control the fire. The prime minister has also expressed his condolences over the tragic incident.

The Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has castigated the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival for the meagre financial compensation of Rs five lakhs announced by the Delhi government.

Celebrated cricketer Gautam Gambhir said : he is sorry to say that the Delhi chief minister has valued a person’s life to merely five lakh rupees. It may be recalled that in the past chief minister Arvind Kejrival has sanctioned Rs. 1 crores as financial compensation for two deceased policemen n a retired armymen but in the present case has confined the financial aid to merely Rs. Five lakh for each of deceased’s bereaved family.

Slamming the Delhi chief minister the former cricketer Gambhir has tweeted : Surely a human life is worth much more than INR 5 Lakh @ Arvind Kejrival. It underlines what our machinery thinks about us, d common man. Compensation is merely a bandaid on all oozing wounds whereas Delhi needs surgeries and it should begin with a systematic overhaul@ Aam Admi Party.

Gautam Gambhir also slammed the building authorities for their callousness by tweeting : It is so sad to see the callousness of regulators with regards to building bylaws being traded with loss of human lives. This hotel is right next to the GGF office and I know first hand how parking rules, building laws are conveniently flouted for commercial interests. Disgusting he added in the previous tweet.

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24-year-old American attacks Sikh man in an alleged hate crime in US



A Sikh man has been brutally assaulted in an alleged hate crime by a white man who pulled his beard, kicked and punched him in the face at a store in the US, the latest such incident in the country.

Harwinder Singh Dodd, who was working at a convenience store in the US State of Oregon, was racially targeted on Monday by a 24-year-old Andrew Ramsey.

Ramsey targeted Dodd because of his perception of the employee’s religion, FOX 12 TV news reported, citing a court document.

Ramsey wanted rolling papers for cigarettes but did not have an ID and the clerk would not sell them to him, Justin Brecht, a legislative policy adviser in the Oregon State Capitol and a former combat Marine, was quoted as saying by the report.

When Dodd asked Ramsey to leave, he attacked him by pulling his beard, punching him in the face, pulling him to the ground and kicking him, Brecht said, adding that they held Ramsey down until officers got there, the report said.

“He was bleeding, he had gotten punched quite a bit in the face, and kicked on the ground and thrown to the ground very brutally. It was very serious.” Ramsey has been charged with a hate crime, assault, police said, adding that he threw his shoe at Dodd and tried to steal his head covering.

He was also charged with assault in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass.

Hate crimes increased by 40 per cent in Oregon from 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI.

In August 2018, in about a week, two Sikh men were brutally assaulted in the US State of California that raised concerns over increasing incidents of hate crimes in the country.

Last year, the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) published a report documenting a 45 per cent increase in hate violence and rhetoric against Indians, Sikhs, and South Asian Americans from the year prior

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Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets life imprisonment for murder of journalist



Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been given life imprisonment by a court in Haryana’s Panchkula for his role in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. The cult leader had been convicted by a special CBI court on January 11 along with three accomplices.
Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the sentence over videoconferencing on the request of the Haryana government. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been incarcerated at the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak since August 2017. He is serving a 20-year sentence for raping two of his followers. The other three men sentenced on Thursday are lodged at Ambala jail.
The special court handed the life imprisonment sentence to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Dera manager Krishan Lal and Dera carpenters Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh for the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Chhatrapati, who was the editor of a newspaper called Poora Sach. The court lso ordered them to pay fines of Rs 50,000 each.
Security has been ramped up in the Panchkula and Rohtak districts of Haryana to contain any backlash from Dera followers. When Ram Rahim was convicted in August 2017, his followers had gone on a rampage.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Panchkula and heavy security been provided to the court complex. Police have also put in place a two-tier security cover has been placed around the Sunaria Jail, with a two-kilometre radius declared a no-go zone.

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Suspected Pak spy arrested in Arunachal Pradesh



A man suspected to be a spy of Pakistan intelligence agencies has been arrested in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, near India-China border, army sources said.

The accused has been identified as Nirmal Rai, a resident of Sadiya in Assam’s Tinsukia district, they said.

State Director General of Police (DGP) SBK Singh, when contacted, said Rai had been working as an army porter at Kibithu and Dichu two border posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

He was arrested to January 6 by army personnel and handed over to Arunachal Pradesh Police a day after, the DGP said.

“Rai belongs to a Nepali community. He worked at a burger shop in Dubai between 2016 and 2018 before moving to Kibithu,” he said, adding that more details in the case will be available after interrogation.

Army sources told PTI that Rai was under watch for over a month due to his suspicious behaviour.

The suspected spy was probably trained and recruited by Dubai-based handler of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), an army personnel said.

“He was involved in passing on sensitive information on location and deployment of army units, weapon profiles and artillery guns at Kibithu, as well as infrastructure development along the LAC,” he said on condition of anonymity.

A smart phone has been seized from the possession of Rai, the personnel said, adding that the arrest was made under provisions of Official Secrets Act, section 120B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy and section 72 of the IT Act for breach of privacy. 

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18 year old BSC student of Pauri, Garhwal succumbs to excessive burn injuries at Safdarjung Hospital



Relatives of Neha Negi outside the burns department of Hospital

There is an extremely shocking n most unfortunate news that the young girl in her teens, student of BSc from Pauri Garhwal district, Neha Negi who was addmitted in the Burns Ward of Safdarjung Hospital with more than 70% burn injuries after she was pre meditatedly immolated by a thirty two year old married man, also stalking her since long, has breathed her last in the hospital today.

Sources reveal that excessively burnt 18 year old Neha Negi, a student of BSC succumbed to death due to the excessive burn injuries in the burns ward of Safdarjung Hospital after maximum efforts of the doctors concerned to revive her failed.

Neha Negi was immolated by a thirty two year old man of her own village in Pauri Garhwal namely Bunty a week ago creating an outrage in the entire district n Uttarakhand with college students and the local populace holding demonstrations demanding stringent punishment to the culprit.

It is believed that this whimsical married man had been stalking her for long and despite several reminders from the girl, did not stop his unlawful act of stalking her. He finally immolated her on the way in Pauri Garhwal resulting in more than 70% burns.

She was addmitted in the local hospital n thereafter at AIIMS Rishikesh but after her health condition started badly deteriorating she was brought to the burns ward of Safdarjung hospital where after two days of treatment she breathed her last today.

There is tremendous shock wave n outrage within the Uttarakhand community in Uttarakhand and Delhi. The culprit is however behind the bars having addmitted immolating the girl after sprinkling petrol on her.

What is more shocking about this whole episode is that not a single public representative or the lawmaker from Uttarakhand took the pain to visit the hospital in order to provide psychological strength, moral support or financial assistence to the bereaved family. It was the Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha delegation which met her mother in the hospital yesterday evening n presented a cheque of Rs. 20000 as a meagre help.

Uttarakhand Journalists Forum condemns this most barbaric incident in strongest possible terms, demanding nothing less then a death penalty terming it one of the rarest of the rare cases of a most gruesome and diabolical murder reminding us of the 2012 cases of Nirbhaya of Vasant Vihar Delhi n Nirbhaya of Najafgarh late Kiran Negi.

It also demanded a financial compensation of Rs. fifty lakhs from the state government at the earliest.

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Former MP Sajjan Kumar sentenced to life by Delhi HC. Will move to Supreme Court against the judgement



The verdict finally arrives after thirty four protracted years in the 1984 anti Sikh riots by the Delhi high court convicting n sentencing the senior Congress leader and former member of parliament Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment on several charges of perpetrating mob violence and murder of several Sikhs after the assasination of late prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Sajjan Kumar was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on the witness of Harjit Kaur and two other Sikh women whose husbands and family members were brutally massacred in these riots on the alleged instigation of the former.

The Congress party’s senior leader’s conviction n subsequent sentencing has put the Congress in political quandary as the high court has also noted that it was due to the alleged political patronage granted to the accused that the case took more than three decades to come to the final conclusion. Sajjan Kumar has been directed to surrender till 31st December.

After the verdict of the High court the politics between the Congress and BJP has hotted up with the leaders of both the parties accusing each other for being allegedly involved and patronising the culprits of the roits.

While the union finance minister Arun Jaitley has pronounced Sajjan Kumar as the symbol of tyrrany n anti Sikh roits having been allegedly patronised by the Congress party n its subsequent governments, the former union minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has accused the BJP and its certain leaders for being allegedly involved in the Godhara riots of 2002 having not brought to justice till yet. He had questioned as to why are they not being brought to justice?

It may be recalled that after the assasination of late prime minister Smt Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh body guards there have been massive anti Sikh riots all over the country in retaliation by rioters allegedly at the behest of the then ruling party as accused by the BJP and the riot victims.

According to the statistics about 8000 Sikhs were killed in these riots nationally, with three thousand casualties in Delhi, exclusively. The massacre was termed as a genocide never ever happened earlier.

The victimised and traumatised Sikh families who’d lost their near n dear ones in this massacre then have been since then moving to various courts to seek justice.

Several commissions were also constituted to bring the culprits involved in these riotous violence to justice including the Nanawati Commission.

Till now about 31 cullprits have been convicted. It has been revealed that despite several enquiry commissions and cases in the courts of law, the main perpetrators of the violence were not being nailed n brought to justice because of their being influential politically.

After the formation of the BJP led NDA government a fresh SIT was constituted to expedite the proceedings on the basis of the charge sheet filed by the premier investigation agency CBI and the case was being heard by the High Court Delhi.

The Court led by the justice Murlidharan on the witness of three victimsed women, Harjeet Kaur and two others finally convicted former MP n senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and sentenced him to life imprisonment to the much relief of the 1984 riot victims n their families, with the court also noting that political patronage to the perpetrators of violence n mob lynching in the anti Sikh riots of 1984, Mumbai riots of 1983 and the Godhara riots of 2002 where the pattern looks to be almost similar, are allegedly protected due to political patronage resulting in tremendous delay in bringing the real culprits to justice.

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How long will the riots claim innocent lives ?



pic from UttarPradesh.Org

The diabolical killings in Bulandshahar UP gives an unambiguous indication that the ominous signs of dividing the society in the name of majoritarianism are taking apparent shape in the near future with fundamentalist forces raising their head above to allegedly derive maximum political advantage in view of the forthcoming national election of 2019.

When the saffron clad devout Hindu politician of BJP, MP from Gorakhpur took the oath of office as the chief minister of the largest state of the country and even before that, while he was campaigning for his party candidates in the assembly election of UP Yogi Aditya Nath had literally pledged to make the state crime free where socio communal peace will prevail in all earnestness.

Despite being a devout Hindu, the chief minister had assured one and all of communal harmony n resurrection of the deteriorating law and order machinery of the state inherited from.the previous government in UP.

After assuming the office he relentlessly declared encounters of the hardcore criminals and claimed that this will led to complete peace in the state and emergence of real Ram Rajya.

But what happened ultimately ? The complaints of alleged fake encounters and the recent killing of two innocents including a police inspector Subodh Singh at the hands of mob lynchers some of whom are alleged to be from his own party or Bajrang Dal as being given to understand from various media reports have unambiguously exposed the ruling political dispensation of the state and led people to believe that an open game of polarisation in the name of allegedly creating communal division in the name of cow vigilantism or fabricated rumours have taken the front seat while issues of development, employment, peoples welfare, women security n communal harmony a back seat.

The all of a sudden though pre strategic occurance of communal riots in Bulandshar on account of the rumours of cow slaughter which is ban in Uttar Pradesh on the day when the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath was addressing people in Rajasthan assuring electorates of allegedly ousting the Owaisies from Hyderabad for their alleged communal oratory in case the saffron party wins in Telengana, killing two innocents and loss to properties worth crores of Rupees is infact a very dangerous trend that is emerging in our country comprising of diverse culture, languages, heritage, religions and communities believing in secularism and peaceful co existence.

What is more worrisome is the fact that despite the earlier occurances of certain deaths in view of rumours in the name of child lifting and cow vigilantism in various states of the country, Uttar Pradesh again witnesses another riot taking the toll of two and creating rukus in the otherwise peaceful environment of Uttar Pradesh which has hardly come to terms after the massive Saharanpur n other dreadful riots of the state.

According to the political analysts the highly communal versions and speeches of some leaders of political parties and various communal outfits at work at the grass root levels play a major role in fomenting such communal troubles which has only one aim to divide the society on communal lines and polarise the entire society to beget votes and win elections thus playing with the peoples’ sentiments.

The most sorry state of affairs in such situation is the utter failure of the state’s intelligence agencies, the local intelligent units and the police force who fail to gather pre emptive information about the possible mishappenings in the future.

Had the intelligence apparatus of the state police or the Bulandshahar district been quite vigilant before time in assessing the situation and the possible provocation, the state’s police force, riot police or the PAC could have been alerted in time and the aweful sitiation could have been averted before going out of hand.

The way the state’s law and order apparatus have shown alertness and enthusiasm in grabbing 30 rioters having booked them for murder and rioting and is still trying to bring more men to justice, after the commission of the riots, the police force could/ should have been vigilant prior to this grave mishappening as well.

But this has not happened n Bulandshahar was literally on fire by the mobsters. Time has come now, that the election commission of India and the law enforcing agencies at the central as well as the state level including those at the helm of the political dispensation will have to take urgent initiatives to exercise setious restraint on the leaders as well as the lawmakers to discourage them from issuing inflammatory communal speeches or statements which not only encourage the rank n file of the respective parties to create division in the society on communal lines but also lead to riots that claim lot of innocent lives as was the case in Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh.

Let’s all therefore pledge to maitain peace, calm, harmony, brotherhood and amity in the socirty n give rebuff to religious and narrow communal considerations and issues in the near future.

In fact, some political observers feel that extremist section is being intentionally and pre meditatedly encouraged to fabricate riots in the state for political gains. It is highly harmful for the nation. It certainly proves the lethargic and lopsided functioning of the govt machinery. People are questioning: How long will the riots claim innocent lives ?What’s your take friends?

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Deceased Inspector’s son asks: Today my father got killed in Hindu Muslim riots, who’s father’s turn is tomorrow ?



What is happening in Uttar Pradesh? What about the repeated assurances of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath of maintaining peace and harmony in Uttar Pradesh n guaranteeing to make this largest state of the country crime free ? Bulandshahar is today in total disarray with people of all communities, especially the vulnerables, the minority are in absolutely insecure position.

While the saffron clad vociferous chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath was addressing the electorates of Rajasthan yesterday n Telangana earlier, assuring them of the saffron party’s victory n sunsequent ouster of the Owasies’ out of the Southern state, his own state’s law and order situation was in doldrums n total disarray with incidents of communal frenzy and mob violence taking the toll of three, including a police inspector in Bulandshahar where a rumour about the killing of a cow instigated the people and some hoodlums burning several government n private vehicles including complete ransacking of the police station with police officers n those at the lower rung seeking shelter elsewhere for safety n security.

While the naked dance of killings, loot and ransacking was on at Bulandshahar by the uncontrolled mob allegedly weilding lathies n lethal weapons openly defying law and order with provocative slogans renting the air, the same type n nature of incident of truck n vehicle burning, arson and loot was taking place at Jammu under the same pretext of cow lynching rumours where a truck full of animals was caught on the way.

Uttar Pradesh has also witnessed communal passens having been flared up earlier resulting in several casualties in Saharanpur n other parts of Western Uttar Pradesh where the victims were from a minority community. In several other such incidents in the name of alleged cow vigilantism and rumours of child liftings, number of people of a particular community were allegedly lynched in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, UP and Tripura.

The question is where are we really heading too? Is killing people in the name rumours of cow lynching etc solution to the problem? Does the constitution of India give people right to alegedly kill the innocents? How long will the people of these states and the country tolerate division of the society in the name of baseless, concocted and fabricated rumours allegedly fanning communal passions in the name of holy cow mother, alleged child lifting or religion? Can a country with the diverse cultures, religions, eating habits, rituals and communities believing in the principle of peaceful coexistence as well as secularism tolerate all this nuisance and for how long? When would our politicians really desist themselves to play with the communal sentiments of the countrymen who believe in the principle of unity in diversity? What was the fault of the UP police inspector of Bulandshahar and two other innocents who were killed mercilessly in these riots for no fault of theirs?

These are some of the vital questions which need an appropriate answer from those at the helm of affairs in the state as well as at the centre.

The traumatic son of the deceased inspector Subodh Singh poses a question to the society n those at the helm of the political dispensation. According to the ANI’s tweet deceased Unspector Subodh’s son Abhishekh asks ; My father wanted me to be a good citizen who dosen’t incite violence in the society in the name of religion. Today my father lost his life in the Hindu Muslim dispute, tomorrow who’s father will lose hid life# Bulandshahar.

What a shocking travesty. Meanwhile three culprits responsible for these tragic deaths have bern arrested by the police and the government of Uttar Pradesh has announced Rs. 40 lakhs as financial compensation for the deceased police inspector’s grief stricken family n for two other victims as well. Orders for SIT investigations to nail the real culprits have already been issued.

Eruption of these communal roits in UP n Jammu in the name of alleged Cow vigilantism n alleged killings right at the time of elections going in the five states of the country and the national election just five months ahead raises several questions, which require immediate answers say political analysts?







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Servants kill 92-year-old man, attack his daughter-in-law too in South-East Delhi



A 92-year-old man was killed, while his daughter-in-law was attacked by a domestic help and his two associates, in South-East Delhi’s Badarpur area. Saroj, the daughter-in-law was attacked when she discovered the murder of her father-in-law, Chandrabhan. She struggled for two and a half minute against the attackers before her son came to her rescue.

Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East Delhi confirmed the incident.

“We had received a PCR at 8:30 am in the morning, the accused had by then flew away, and however we have arrested all three accused, from Ballabhgarh Railway Station while they were trying to flee to Madhya Pradesh by train, the accused though claim to be juvenile, and we are still in process to ascertain their ages,” said Biswal.

According to the Chandrabhan’s son Surender Kumar, his wife Saroj left home around 7:30 am in order to drop her grand son Arnob. Saroj did not check the room where Chandrabhan was asleep.

“Saroj went to drop our grandson. She came back home around 8:00 am and the accused servants told her that my father was unwell. Saroj walked towards the room and discovered him lying on the bed with his throat slit. Before she could alert the member of the house the trio tried to strangle her with wire,” said Surender.

Surender further states that his son Kapil managed to reach the ground floor on time and saved his mother. As the attackers tried to flee, Kapil ran behind them and he even managed to catch one of them, however, the accused let go of his jacket and escaped.

The same can also be corroborated from one of the CCTV footage installed in the area.

During investigation, the police team found that the family had not gone for verification of the domestic help. Which he took advantage of and invited his two other friends from Madhya Pradesh to conduct a robbery in house.


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First capital punishment n life imprisonment to the culprits of 1984 riots in 34 long years



The badly victimised families of 1984 anti Sikh riots today got some relief and justice when a murdurer of two Sikhs and another culprit were given death penalty and life sentence by the Patiala House court after the protracted relentless struggle of last 34 years. Yashpal Singh got the death penalty while one Sehrawat got the life imprisonment. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs. 35 lakh to those granted life sentence.

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots, also known as the Sikh Massacre, was a series of organised pogroms against Sikhs in India by anti-Sikh mobs in response to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Official Indian government reports numbered about 2,800 killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi.

The maximum displaced and badly tormented Sikh families of 1984 riots had since been protesting, filing cases
in the courts, confronting alleged threats from the criminals to withdraw cases and organising hundreds of thousands of mass rallies and demonstrations in and outside Delhi to seek due justice, but of no awail.

There had been incessant demands for the expulsion of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from the party and bringing them to justice for their alleged involvement in provocating the mobs to perpetrate violence during the 1984 riots that erupted after late prime minister Indira Gandhi’s diabolical bludgeoning by her Sikh body guards.

The suvcessive Congress governments had been under tremendous pressure to punish the guilty of these roits and about 5 commissions and seven committees were constituted during the last three decades but nothing came out of them except dragging on the vexed matter further.

It was only after the arrival of NDA government that an SIT was constituted under the directives of prime minister Narendra Modi that the cases of 1984 riots were expedited and arrived at the decisive stage within four years with due delivery of justice to one Yashpal Singh who was punished with capital punishment n life imprisonment to another, including imposition of 35 lakh rupees penalty.

Welcoming the decision the victimised family now see a ray of hope in other such cases, filed in various other courts, all over the country.

Several victimsed families who’s near n dear ones’ were brutally killed during the riots of 1984 has demanded capital punishment for the Congress leaders who according to them were the main culprits behind the provovation leading to massive killings of innocent Sikhs.

It may be recalled that several Congress leaders viz. Sajjan Kumar, ex MP, Jagdish Tytler, late H. K. L Bhagat etc were named in the FIR but even after 3 n a half decade no culprit had been brought to justice except the two today. Former union minister HKL Bhagat had already died years ago.

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