Kanpur: Crucial files relating to the murders during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots have gone missing from the government records in Kanpur. More than 125 Sikhs were killed in this industrial town of Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed the second largest killings of minorities, after Delhi, following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The special investigation team (SIT), set up by the state government in February 2019 to re-examine the 1984 riots cases, allegedly hushed up by the police then, have discovered that several important files relating to murder and dacoity were missing.
In some cases, the special investigation team could not find even the FIR and case dairies, which raises serious questions on the investigation into the killings of Sikhs here. On the mysterious “disappearance’ of crucial documents and case files, Atul, special investigation team Chairman and former Director-General of Police, told IANS, efforts were underway to retrieve the files. “We want to ascertain the facts. We want to know whether the police closed the cases of murder in the absence of concrete evidence or they filed charge sheets in the court of trial. However, at the moment I can’t elaborate as in many cases relating to murder, we are yet to trace the files,” said Atul, a former IPS officer of the UP cadre, who also held a senior position in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Over 1,250 cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, loot, arson, scuffle, and the threat to life were registered in Kanpur related to anti-Sikh riots. (IANS)