CBI Appeals Acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, Charged With Murder in November 1984 Pogroms

April 5, 2007 | Comments Off on CBI Appeals Acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, Charged With Murder in November 1984 Pogroms

On March 5th, the Delhi High Court admitted the CBI’s appeal against the acquittal of Congress (I) M.P. Sajjan Kumar and 8 others. Kumar is charged with the murder of Nevin Singh during the 1984 pogroms, as one of the leaders of the death squads in the Sultanpuri neighborhood in Northwest Delhi. As noted in […]

Ensaaf Releases Second Edition of Twenty Years of Impunity

April 4, 2007 | Comments Off on Ensaaf Releases Second Edition of Twenty Years of Impunity

The second edition of Ensaaf’s groundbreaking report, Twenty Years of Impunity, is now available online for purchase or download. The report serves as a critical wake-up call to the Indian government to implement the rule of law and redress mass state crimes in India. The victims of the November 1984 massacres of Sikhs continue to […]

’84 riot affected families get compensation

July 28, 2006 | Comments Off on ’84 riot affected families get compensation

On July 7th, the Fatehgarh Sahib District administration distributed checks worth Rs 2 lakh to each of the 13 remaining families affected by the 1984 pogroms. The Indian government continues to improperly label the 1984 pogroms as riots, implying violence on both sides. The label of a “riot” not only mischaracterizes the massacre, but it […]

A recent article by Zee News discusses Harvinder Kaur’s struggle for justice. She lost her husband and other relatives in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms; on April 29, a Delhi court finally began recording evidence. When Harvinder Kaur initially attempted to file a FIR twelve years ago, the East Delhi police refused to register it. The […]

Seven 1984 victims receive compensation

April 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Seven 1984 victims receive compensation

On March 30, seven victims on the 1984 pogroms received supplementary compensation as ordered by the Supreme Court. The East Singhbhum deputy commissioner today distributed cheques worth over Rs 7.74 lakh to the dependants of the riot victims. Parminder Kaur of Mango was inconsolable while receiving a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh from East Singhbhum […]

Article on approaches to justice for 1984 victims

March 21, 2006 | Comments Off on Article on approaches to justice for 1984 victims

The Indian government continues to deny justice to the victims of the 1984 pogroms of Sikhs. On March 9, Punjab police used water canons to disperse victims protesting the Punjab Deputy Commissioners’ failure to give relief payments to the victims, despite orders by the central government. Nearly a dozen protesters had to be taken to […]

1984 victims apply for government compensation

March 2, 2006 | Comments Off on 1984 victims apply for government compensation

1,459 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms have applied for government compensation of Rs 2 lakh. Earlier this year, the Madhya Pradesh High Court had ordered the government to pay the compensation by April 30. Deputy Commissioner Garewal said that after verification, all the cases would be sent to the Financial Commissioner of Punjab by […]

Court orders compensation for 1984 victims

January 27, 2006 | Comments Off on Court orders compensation for 1984 victims

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Governments pay compensation to the families of the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms by April 30. The High Court directed the state governments to provide Rs two lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased victims and 40 per cent of […]

CBI reopens cases against MP Sajjan Kumar

January 20, 2006 | Comments Off on CBI reopens cases against MP Sajjan Kumar

At the request of the Union Home Ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved the trial court in New Delhi to reopen the cases against Congress MP Sajjan Kumar for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. The CBI is also seeking the original documents of the cases, which had been closed without […]

Relief package for 1984 victims

January 20, 2006 | Comments Off on Relief package for 1984 victims

On December 29, the Indian government approved a Rs 715 crore ($158 million) relief package for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. Two months prior to this, two committees from the Ministry of Home Affairs recommended that the government pay about Rs 1,000 crore in compensation. The package takes into account earlier payments, and provides […]

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