SIT constituted to probe 1984 riots


New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team or SIT was set up by the government on Wednesday to probe into the anti sikh riots of 1984 in Delhi and some other states.

The three member SIT will be headed by Senior IPS officer Pramode Asthana. The team will also have a retired district and Sessions Judge and Kumar Gyanesh, Additional Deputy commissioner of Delhi Police. The SIT has been asked to submit its reports within six months.

The SIT will re-investigate all criminal cases of the 1984 riots and examine the records of all the Police stations. It will also examine the findings of Justice SD Jain and Justice DK Agarwal Committee.

Following Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984 by one of her bodyguards from the Sikh Community, riots spread throughout the country resulting in merciless butchering of people from this community. Overall 3,325 people were killed among whom 2,733 were in Delhi alone.