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Delhi police kept out of SIT team to probe 1984 riots

The AAP government on Thursday fulfilled one more pre-poll promise by formally recommending to lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung a special investigative team (SIT) to investigate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in the aftermath of the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The cabinet also decided to exclude Delhi police from SIT to ensure fair investigation.

‘The officers of SIT will be roped in from outside of Delhi police. We have decided to keep them out as there have been allegations about their role during the riots,’ said Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s education and PWD minister, informing the media about the decision taken at the cabinet meeting on Thursday. The proposed SIT has been given one year’s time to complete it’s investigation and file the report.

Elaborating the terms of reference for the SIT, Sisodia said the team will re-investigate the FIRs pertaining to the riots of November 1984 which have been closed as untraced. It will also register fresh FIRs, if needed, which had not been done after the incidents that occurred during the riots of 1984, enquire into allegations of destruction of evidence, register appropriate cases and investigate the same and finalise and file charge sheets in the court based on the evidences.
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