Rs 5L for Sikh Riot Victims' Kin

Published: 31st October 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: In a significant move, the NDA Government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

According to the officials of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the decision was taken last week before the bypolls in Delhi were announced. The move, which comes just days ahead of the 30th anniversary of anti-Sikh riots, is seen as a healing touch to the community that is still struggling to come to terms with the sordid incident.

Senior lawyer and politician H S Phoolka, who  spearheaded the legal battle to get justice for the riot victims, welcomed the government announcement, but demanded punishment for those guilty of engineering the riot.

“This is just one aspect of justice. We need to enforce the law of land by punishing the guilty. Our demand is that SIT should be made operational. The BJP had supported it when they were in the Opposition,” he told Express. 

Senior MHA officials, though denied the decision as political statement, it is seen as counter against the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress ahead of the bypolls. Officials said the Rs 5 lakh, which will be in addition to the compensation already given by the government and agencies, will be disbursed only after the polls. Officials said the fresh compensation will cost the exchequer Rs 166 Crore and since the Model Code of Conduct is in place, the money will be released only after the election.

“The government had received several petitions from the Sikh organisations and it was felt that compensation given to the families were inadequate and a decision was taken to enhance it,” officials added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp