Justice for Sikh soldiers killed in 1984
An organisation, All India Defence Brotherhood has raised a very important point. It wants the SIT formed by the Government to examine the deaths of serving Sikh army jawans who were killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi and elsewhere. Many of them were killed while travelling in trains or buses on those fateful days when violence took place.
Brig KS Kahlon (Retd), President of the Brotherhood, has pointed out that there was a huge variance in the figures on the issue. While Home Ministry said that only five soldiers were killed, Ministry of Defence gave a figure of 15 soldiers. Brig Kahlon said that their information was that at least 55 soldiers were killed.
While the Defence Brotherhood’s efforts were commendable, I wonder why the Ministry of Defence did not take up this issue strongly enough. It should have ordered separate courts of inquiries to go into each death and ensured not only justice and compensation for the families of soldiers who perished, but also exemplary punishment for those who dared to harm the men in uniform.