Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court decision to order fresh probe, by a new SIT, into 186 cases of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, with the hope that justice would finally be meted out to the innocent victims. Talking to select media persons here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said more than 30 years had passed since the gory violence, which claimed many lives and left many others homeless, and while various Commissions had been set up to investigate the cases, justice continued to elude the victims. Several names had cropped up in connection with the riots, and it was now up to the SIT to verify the allegations and bring the investigation to its logical conclusion, he added. It was high time that justice be provided in these cases, said Captain Amarinder, who himself had quit as MP in protest against the violence. To a question on the ban announced by certain elements on entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras in Canada and the US, the Chief Minister said anyone, be it Sikh or non-Sikh, can enter the ‘guru ghar’ (abode of the Guru) to pay his respects or partake the langar prasad. It was against the ‘Sikhi’ (tenets of Sikhism) to stop anyone from entering the gurdwaras, he said, condemning the ban as totally wrong.
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