AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal shot a letter to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung asking him to officially notify setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and appoint police officers from outside the national capital for an impartial probe.
He also suggested names of three senior IPS officers, who could be appointed to head the SIT, which is required to submit its report within a year.
The AAP government had on February 6 sent a proposal to the LG for setting up the SIT and Najeeb had given his consent to it. Kejriwal impressed upon the LG to ensure quick formation of the SIT, since many eyewitnesses have been waiting for 30 years to provide their version of the incident in which around 3,000 innocent people lost their lives.
“Some of the witnesses are already old and the SIT is perhaps their last hope of getting justice. Therefore, I request you to kindly expedite the process of setting up the probe agency,” Kejriwal said in the letter.
Hoping that Najeeb would take all necessary steps to ensure speedy functioning of the SIT, the former Chief Minister of the state said the AAP was of the firm opinion that both the Congress and the BJP were equally responsible for denying justice to the 1984 riots victims. “The Congress has tried every possible trick to save the perpetrators of the crime,” he noted. While approving the modalities of a SIT probe, the state Cabinet had stated that all the closed cases would be re-opened and re-investigated, and promised to file fresh FIRs.