Why two Sikh cops were shunted out on Nov 1

Date: 8/13/2005


Sidharth Mishra / New Delhi/// Though under much fire for downplaying the role of the Congress leadership in the 1984 carnage of Sikhs, the Nanavati Commission report has tell-tale signs of the involvement of the Government of the day in the planned pogrom. The report points out that Sikh officials were removed from strategic position soon after the death of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and replaced with officers who are facing charges of facilitating the massacre that followed. []/// 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom /// The voluminous report in its Part III titled Evidences, mentions the case of Subzi Mandi police station of north district. The area falls under the Sadar parliamentary constituency which was then and now represented by Mr Jagdish Tytler. This area was under the charge of Inspector Gurmel Singh, who was the Station House Officer (SHO), and overall supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kewal Singh./// Both these officials were removed from their charge on the morning of November 1, 1984. Raghbir Singh Malik and Jai Bhagwan Malik were directed to take charge of the area as the ACP and SHO. The commission report on page 53 mentions: /// "Another incident in which 10 Sikhs were killed in Kabir Basti deserves to be noted. They were burnt alive and according to Smt Pritam Kaur, her husband and son were dragged out of the house and burnt alive. All this had happened in presence of ACP Raghbir Singh Malik and Station House Officer Jai Bhagwan Malik. She has also stated that instead of preventing the mob from doing so, they were telling it, 'Do not spare anyone. Do not leave any evidence.' /// Smt Balwinder Kaur, widow of Lakhbir Singh, Smt Balwinder Kaur, widow of Jagjit Singh, Smt Swaran Jeet, widow of Balbir Singh, Smt Inder Jeet Kaur, widow of Jaswant Singh, and Smt Lajwanti Kaur, widow of Darshan Singh, have also filed affidavits and supported what Pritam Kaur stated. An FIR in respect of this incident was registered but it did not mention that so many Sikhs were killed." /// It would be pertinent to mention here that the transfer of officers of the rank of assistant commissioners of police is notified only after an approval on the proposal by the Lieutenant-Governor. Therefore, then Lt-Governor PG Gavai cannot absolve himself of his complicity, which has been rightly pointed out by the commission./// It may also be mentioned that the Delhi Police functions directly under the command and control of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Union Government. The Commissioner of Delhi Police reports to this Ministry on a daily basis on the law and order situation of the Capital./// http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=front%5Fpage&file_name=story2%2Etxt&counter_img=2?headline=Why~two~Sikh~cops~were~shunted~out~on~Nov~1 /// .........................000000000