1984 anti-Sikh riots: Amnesty International asks SIT to make probe status public

Amnesty International Indian has slammed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the central government to probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots for its slow progress and demanded that status of probe into cases related to the event be made public.

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Amnesty International asks SIT to make probe status public

Amnesty International Indian has slammed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the central government to probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots for its slow progress and demanded that status of probe into cases related to the event be made public.

The human rights group has also asked for preparation of a comprehensive plan for reparation and a robust law to prevent and respond to communal and targeted violence. Amnesty has asked the SIT to file charges against suspects wherever sufficient evidence is found



At the launch of a digest titled ‘32 Years and Waiting: An Era of Injustice for the 1984 Sikh Massacre' on Monday, campaigner at Amnesty International India, Sanam Sutirath Wazir, said that SIT’s transparency into the probe has been disturbing.

The digest points out that two judicial commissions and nine committees have looked into the episode but hardly has any action been taken against the guilty. It also has the eyewitness account of the victims.


Wazir said that though Delhi Police had closed investigations into hundreds of the cases after the massacre, the setting up of a SIT by the Union government raised the hopes of victims and survivors but he blamed the SIT for the slow progress.


Manoj Mita, a Board member of Amnesty International, said several recommendations were made in June this year by Amnesty International India and a range of activists, lawyers, political leaders and others.

The recommendations include undertaking comprehensive policy reforms to insulate police from political interference and pressure and preparing a comprehensive victim and witness protection programme at the central and state levels.

It was also recommended that a comprehensive plan for reparation in consultation with victims and survivors of 1984 be prepared. SIT has received two extensions and is likely to wrap up investigation by February 2017.