NEW DELHUL, India: The Union Home Ministry has yet to initiate of its measures for the decisions which it announced nearly fifteen days ago on the recommendation of Ranganath Mishra Commission. Subsequently the three committees appointed to go into specific fields of enquiry arising from commission’s recommendation have been unable to start their work. They are waiting the issue of notification by the Home Ministry giving them green signals to begin functioning. The enquiry shows that the work on the allotment of notification has not yet started and may take few more weeks before the committees can swing into action.

By generally accepting the recommendation of the Commission the government of India has constituted a committee of Justice Dalip K. Kapoor, Justice K. Kirpal of Delhi High Court and Miss Kusum Lata a retired secretary to an enquire into the delinquency and conduct of Delhi police offices during the November, 1984 riots.

The second committee consisting of Justice M.L. Jain a former judge of Delhi High Court and a retired police officer was set up to probe into the offences in Nov.1984 riots.

The third Committee comprising the Home Secretary of Delhi administration was set up to ascertain the exact number of deaths in the riots. The first Committee is to complete its work in six months and the third! Within three months. There is no time frame for the submission of its report by the second Committee. The delay in the issuance of notification is being mentioned by the critics of the report as another example of dithering by the Center in dealing with the aftermath of Nov. 1984 riots. The riot widows and orphans have already launched an agitation in the capital and the copies of report have been burnt in the public as part of the agitation. All India Sikh Conference has also sponsored a rally to be staged by riot victims and Dharna by them at Boat club against the Commission’s recommendations. The statements are being issued by a number of organizations in Delhi reacting to the commission’s recommendations adversely and charging the commission of evading its responsibilities.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 13, 1987