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NO ARREST IN SHAHADARA FOR 1984 POGROMS: ex-SHO

DO THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT CARE?

NO - THEY KILLED THEM

NEW DELHI: Giving an inside view of the authorities' apathy towards the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, a former Delhi Police official on Tuesday told the Nanavati Commission that no arrest was made on the complaints of the victims in Shahadara area, where 171 people were killed.

Though the Delhi Administration had put the death toll in the area at 171, M S Sapra, the then SHO of Shahadara police station said he had the knowledge of only 30 deaths.

"I don't know if 171 people had died in Shahadara area. To my knowledge only 30 deaths were reported there," Sapra, told the Commission, probing the riots.

Deposing as a witness, he said "no arrests were made in connection with the killings and none of the persons named in the complaints by the victims were made accused".

However, he said three persons were arrested in connection with another FIR pertaining to looting of a juice shop owned by a non-Sikh.

The first FIR registered in his police station during the pogroms was against two Sikh youths, who were defending themselves with swords against an attack by a mob in their Kabool Nagar residential colony, he said.

As advocate for '84 Carnage Justice Committee' N S Baba asked Sapra that Delhi Administration in its report said that 171 Sikhs were killed in the area, he said "I don't know anything about it".

Sapra further said all 210 incidents of violence reported in the area were tagged with the FIR which had initially named the two Sikh youths.

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