Centre-appointed special investigation team has decided to reopen around 75 cases in connection with the anti-Sikh riots in the national capital that killed more than 3,000 people, mostly Sikhs, in 1984, reported the Hindustan Times. “Delhi had 237 anti-Sikh riot cases that were closed because of non-availability of victims or lack of evidence. After reviewing their documents, the SIT has decided to reopen about 75 cases so far,” the report said, quoting a government official privy to the development.
The investigating team plans to put out advertisements urging victims and witnesses to come forward and help with the probe. “The SIT plans to hold public hearings as well in the next couple months in order to enable people, connected to these cases, to provide information,” the official told the news daily. Initially, Delhi Police had registered 587 cases, of which, 241 were closed due to lack of evidence. Barring four of the closed cases that were later reopened and 35 people were found guilty, 237 cases still remain unsolved. Punjab is set to go for Assembly polls in 2017.