Hooda condemns reported killing of Sikhs in Rewari in 84 riots

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Chandigarh, Feb 22: Amid demand for a judicial probe in to the reported killing of Sikhs at Hondh-Chillar village in Rewari district during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday, Feb 22 said that government will examine the report it sought from the Gurgaon Divisional Commissioner.

"I have asked for the report (from the Gurgaon Divisional Commissioner) first and when it comes we will get things examined...at the moment, a process is already on, under which FIR is being examined and revenue records are being checked," Hooda said at a press conference here.

He said that he was expecting the report within next 2-3 days.

He said, "I read about the incident in newspapers 2-3 days back and immediately I sought a report on this matter from the Divisional Commissioner. I have strongly condemned the incident. Whatever has happened is unfortunate."

"Now that the incident has come to our notice, we will take appropriate action," he said when asked if the government would act against those found guilty.

The representatives of various Sikh organisations under the aegis of Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) including Dal Khalsa, All India Sikh Students Federation, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pradhani), Khalsa Panchayat and All India Shiromani Akali Dal met Hooda this morning.

Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh said that the KAC had demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge of a High Court into the reported killings.

"We also urged Hooda to get the matter thoroughly investigated and see how the killers managed to go scot free and why FIR registered in connection with the incident did not name any of the culprits. We told the Chief Minister that the entire Sikh community is shocked and wants to know who the killers were, where did they come from and who patronised them," Kanwarpal said.
PTI

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