Commission to Probe Hondh-Chiller Massacre Probe a Farce

Villege Hondh Chiller where 32 Sikhs were Brutally Burned Alive in November 1984

Amritsar Sahib—Firing a salvo against Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for misleading the Sikhs, the Dal Khalsa said the [one-man “commission”] constituted by his government on March 5 to probe into the horrific killings of 32 Sikhs in village Hondh-Chillar massacre has turned out to be [a circus].

Notably, the Hooda government on March 5 constituted [a] one-man inquiry commission headed by retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court TP Garg to probe the massacre. In his statement Hooda said that “the commission would submit its report to the state government as soon as possible, but not later than six months from the date of its first sitting”.

Expressing their anger against [the] Haryana government, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh and senior leader Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib said 7 months have passed and there was deafening silence vis-à-vis the outcome of the commission. They asked the CM to explain to the public about the progress, if any, the commissioned has made.

“Seven months time is not a short period. To [the] best of our knowledge and according to victims’ kin and kith, the commission has not even started its proceedings let alone completing it within given time frame”, [they said].

[Sikh Siyasat] called up the victims’ family members presently stationed at Ludhiana and they had confirmed that [as eyewitnesses nobody] from the commission has contacted them so far to get their statement recorded, they claimed.

“This reflects the [flippant] and indifferent approach of the Haryana government towards the sensitivities of the community.”

“Once again, we the Sikhs have been made to understand that there would be no justice neither for anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi nor for Hondh-Chillar killings and the reason being the complicity of the Congress high command in the killings.”

They also took a dig at the Shiromani Akali Dal for not keeping [a] tab on developments despite having their own government in Punjab. “Akalis take interest in such issues when there were elections or there was public outcry. Otherwise they sleep over such sensitive issues,” said they.

Pertinently, on November 2, 1984, the entire Hondh- Chillar village was burnt down along with its Sikh population. The village consisting of torched houses, a burnt Sikh shrine and scattered human bones [had] been discovered in Feb by Sikh groups.


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