Activists ‘Unearth’ 1984 Carnage Site in Pataudi Perneet Singh/TNS
Ruins of Sikh Village Hondh Chillar, Haryana that was totally destroyed during Sikh Genocide 1984.
Amritsar, July 28 Within days of Justice TP Garg Commission’s visit to Hondh-Chillar village, the All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) today claimed to have unearthed another Sikh ‘carnage’ site at Haily Mandi (Pataudi) in Haryana where they claimed over 28 Sikhs were killed in organised attacks in November 1984.
According to the AISSF and SFJ, the rioters poured kerosene on Sikhs and burnt them alive at the Haily Mandi railway station. These organisations also released a copy of FIR number 282-83 that was registered at the Pataudi police station on November 12, 1984. “The FIR has more than 15 names of the accused who were involved in the killing of Sikhs at Haily Mandi.
There is also a list of 24 witnesses in the FIR, but on April 26, 1986, the then Session Judge VM Jain acquitted all the accused due to lack of evidence,” said the AISSF. Another FIR, No. 165, is claimed to have been registered at the Pataudi police station by Harbhajan Singh of Kheri village who survived the attack.
AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad stated that it was shocking that after Hondh-Chillar the Haily Mandi ‘carnage’ site has been unearthed after around 28 years. The newly discovered site raises a question as to what was the extent of loss of life of Sikhs during the organised and planned attacks in November 1984, he added. “With the discovery of another carnage site where Sikhs were killed during November 1984, we demand a state-wide probe into the killings of Sikhs. A three-member inquiry commission comprising high court judges should be appointed to thoroughly investigate the November 1984 attacks on the Sikh population throughout Haryana,” he demanded.
In a statement issued from New York, SFJ’s legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that with the discovery of the Haily Mandi massacre site it was clear that Sikhs were targeted throughout India in an identical pattern.
“Justice has eluded the Sikh community for 28 years and there is no hope that present regime in India will ever be sincere to punish those who organised attacks against Sikhs in November, 1984,” he added.
Meanwhile, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has also stated that the discovery of the Haily Mandi carnage site proved that the attacks on the Sikh population were organised in November 1984. He said it was surprising that despite the FIR being registered, the rioters were not even identified in the last 28 years, leave alone punishing them.
He said various commissions were set up in Delhi as well to probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but to no avail. He said the Justice TP Garg Commission in Haryana should complete its probe at the earliest so that the guilty may be brought to book.
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