Via Kanwar Sandhu
The Haryana Government of Manohar Lal Khattar needs to be complimented for accepting in toto the report of the Justice TP Garg Commission of Inquiry into violence against Sikhs in Hondh Chillar (Rewari) in November 1984.
After the matter was raised by Manwinder Singh Giaspura and the Hondh Chillar Talmel Committee, the then Congress Government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda had in 2011 set up the Commission to probe the long pending issue. A total of 31 Sikhs, besides a serving Sikh army jawan on leave, were killed in the mob violence in Hondh Chillar then.
The Commission has recommended that each of the 31 deceased families be given a compensation of Rs 20 Lakh each – over and above what they have received so far. It has also recommended a sum of Rs 25 Lakh for the widow of the army person killed. Money for those injured in the incidents and some institutions like Gurdwara and Jang Ghar has also been recommended.
For Gurgaon, where another 30 persons were reportedly killed and in Pataudi, where 17 Sikhs lost their lives to violence, the Commission’s term has been extended by another six months.
However, what is crucial is what the commission has stated about the role of the local police and the District Administration and the subsequent actions taken or initiated on all this by the State Government. This will give out the mindset of the successive Governments on such issues. In case the Commission is silent on this aspect, its terms of reference should be revised to enable it to give its opinion on these issues.