“Government is going to form a SIT to probe the 1984 riots. The modalities of the probe will be discussed at a cabinet meeting. Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has in-principle agreed to the proposal to appoint the SIT,” Public Works Department Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal discussed the issue with Jung.
To a query on effectiveness of SIT as the riots had taken place nearly 30 years back, Sisodia said “honest efforts will definitely yield results”. Two days back, in an interview to a TV channel, Gandhi had admitted that “some Congress men were probably involved in 1984 anti-Sikh riots and they have been punished for it”. Gandhi had insisted that the Congress government in 1984 “was not aiding and abetting the riots” but had tried to stop the violence. Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are facing allegations of involvement in riots after Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984. (PTI)