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Breaking News: Files of Kanpur related 1984 Sikh genocide cases found missing

KANPUR, Uttar Pradesh—Even after the passage of a three and half decades long time period, there is not even a single ray of hope of justice for the victims of 1984 Sikh genocide in India. Every time, the anti-Sikh mindset of the Indian state machinery paves way to save the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh genocide even when higher ups direct its personnel to deliver justice to the victims.

More than 100 victim Sikh families, who lost their loved ones during the 1984 Sikh genocide carried out by the fanatic Hindu mobs, have come across a major setback as the Special Investigation Team constituted by the UP government revealed that several crucial files relating to murder and dacoity incidents were missing in Kanpur.

It is noteworthy here that more than 125 Sikhs were killed in this industrial town of Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed the second largest killings of minorities after Delhi, following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Available information reveals that the SIT couldn’t find even the FIRs and case dairies, which raises serious questions on the investigation into the killings of Sikhs in Kanpur.

On the mysterious disappearance of these crucial documents and case files, SIT chairman and former director general of police Atul said efforts were underway to retrieve the files. “We want to ascertain the facts. We want to know whether the police closed the cases of murder in the absence of concrete evidence or they filed chargesheets in the court of trial. However, at the moment, I can’t elaborate as in many cases relating to murder, we are yet to trace the files,” said Atul, a former IPS officer of the UP cadre, who also held a senior position in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Over 1,250 cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, loot, arson, scuffle and threat to life were registered in Kanpur related to anti-Sikh Pogroms. Shockingly, the missing files relate to serious crimes, like murder and dacoity. Sources said the SIT initially identified 38 crimes of serious nature. In 26 cases, the police closed the investigation. The SIT has sought to re-examine these cases to ensure that guilty are not let off.

When Balendu Bhushan, SP, SIT, decided to go through the files, he found most important case dairies missing. The SP alerted the authorities to search the missing documents. He also appealed the witnesses of such crimes to come forward and register their statements.

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