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CBI registers two cases in 1984 anti-Sikh riots
November 18, 2005 18:54 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation registered two cases against 'unknown persons' involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, in acts of arson and murder. This is consequent to recommendations made by the Nanavati Commission for fresh investigations against some persons involved in the riots following former prime minister Indira Gandhi's assassination.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had referred 10 cases registered by the Delhi Police to the CBI for examination, out of which the agency firmed up investigations in two cases registered at Mangolpuri and Sultanpuri police stations. All these cases had been closed by the police, saying the accused were 'untraced'.
Both the cases were registered under various sections of Indian Penal Code pertaining to rioting, dacoity, arson and murder, the CBI sources said.
One case relates to a first information report filed by the Delhi Police at Mangolpuri police station, in which one Iqbal Singh left for his shop on November 1, 1984 and never came back. On November 2, it was learnt that he was killed by a mob and that his body was lying on the road which was subsequently burnt by the mob. The police had registered a case, which was closed citing that none of those in the mob could be traced.
The other case registered by the CBI was filed at Sultanpuri police station, the sources said. In its FIR, CBI said a telephone call was received on November 2 from an unidentified caller, who claimed that a Gurudwara at Budh Vihar was being looted and the mob had entered the premises, indulging in large-scale arson.
The sources said CBI was also examining eight other cases, which would be registered by the agency once its legal department scrutinised them. The Centre had approached CBI, after the Nanavati Commission had suggested in its report that at least 10 cases needed to be re-investigated.