1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom "Wrong Riot Victims:" HC Notice To Admn


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
CHANDIGARH: Acting on a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) filed by Ludhiana-based Sikh Danga Peedit Welfare Committee alleging wrong identification of around 578 new riot victims in Ludhiana district, Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notice to Punjab government and Ludhiana district administration to respond on the issue.

In their petition filed before division bench of high court comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice AG Masih, the committee asserted that Ludhiana district administration had wrongly identified some 1984 riot victims for rehabilitation. The petitioners also stated that the state vigilance bureau (VB) had inquired into 30 such cases and found that majority of the beneficiaries had forged the documents to get rehabilitation package of Rs 2 lakh. But, inquiry into 578 cases of new victim families was not carried under the pressure of present state government, it alleged.

It was also alleged by the petitioner that in some cases Rs 1 lakh was taken back from the newly identified victims immediately after the issuance of cheques.

The petitioners sought directions to the state of Punjab and secretary, department of revenue, rehabilitation and disaster management to take legal action against Ludhiana deputy commissioner (DC), municipal commissioner AK Sinha, sub-divisional magistrate (west) Prem Chand and another respondent Surjit Singh of Ludhiana for wrongly identifying about 578 new riot victims in the district. Directions to initiate criminal case against MC commissioner and SDM were also sought by the petitioners.

The case would come up for further hearing on March 13.


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