<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over three decades after thousands were massacred in the anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, the Sikh community continues to hope for justice.Members of several riot-hit families gathered to mark the 33rd anniversary of the 1984 carnage and their lives in last three decades with a discussion “Chauraasi Ki Nainsaafi: The continuing injustice for the 1984 Sikh massacre”, organized by Amnesty International here on Tuesday. The families lit candles in remembrance of the lives lost in the carnage.Darshan Kaur (57), who lost 12 members of her family in the massacre, recalled in a tearful voice how she saw her husband being burnt in front of her eyes. “I survived along with my three children. We have been advised to forget the past and build our future. But, is it possible to forget the past? All we want is justice. We need closure,” she said.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Khaira, demanded that both the Houses still owe an apology to the riot-hit families. “We cannot forgive and forget. Out of over 241 cases which were referred to SIT, FIR was registered only in 12 cases,” said Khaira.Reiterating that 1984 was not a ‘riot’ but a ‘pogrom’, Lt General (retd) H S Panag said the people who were killed were unarmed and defence-less. “If we forget now, such incidents could occur in future too,” he said, while asserting that a yardstick should be laid down as per UN basic principles under human rights laws for providing compensation to victim families.Over the last three decades, at least 12 inquiry commissions and committees have looked into the 1984 killings. In February 2015, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) constituted a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to re-investigate criminal cases filed in Delhi in relation to the 1984 Sikh massacre.Over two years and three term extensions later, the SIT stated early this year that it had closed 241 cases and filed charges in 12 cases.


33 years on, kin of 1984 riot victims await justice