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Union Government set up Mathur committee to examine constitution of SIT on 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Dec 24, 2014 18:28 IST

Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 23 December 2014 set up Mathur committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for reinvestigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

The Committee will be headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retired) G.P. Mathur. It will submit its report till April 2015.

The committee will also look into the issue of implementation of the payment of enhanced compensation of 5 lakh rupees per person killed during the riots. The compensation was approved by the Union Cabinet on 10 December 2014.

The committee will also look into various grievances relating to the anti-Sikh riots.

Home Ministry decided to set up the committee after it received huge number of complaints from individual entities and associations in the matter of anti-Sikh riots.

Earlier, the Justice Nanavati Commission had recommended reopening of only four of 241 cases closed by police but BJP wanted the reinvestigation of all the other 237 cases.

The move assumes significance as 2733 victims of the total 3325 victims of anti-Sikh riots belonged to the national capital Delhi.

Anti-Sikh riots of 1984 had broken out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984 by her Sikh body guards.

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