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Sikh survivors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, relatives and supporters participate in a protest march near parliament in New Delhi on October 31, 2012

India Orders Fresh Inquiry into 1984 Massacre

India is to reopen nearly 200 unsolved cases associated with a frenzied massacre of Sikhs in 1984 that left nearly 3,000...

India is to reopen nearly 200 unsolved cases associated with a
frenzied massacre of Sikhs in 1984 that left nearly 3,000 dead, mainly
in the capital New Delhi.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday it would task a new three-member
panel with "reinvestigating" 186 cases previously closed by police into
the deadly mob violence directed against the Sikh minority.

The carnage erupted just hours after then prime minister Indira
Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and lasted three days
with Sikhs raped and murdered, and their homes and businesses torched.

Few have been brought to justice over the massacre, with
government-appointed commissions in the past failing to prosecute more
than a handful of minor cases.

Gandhi, also the Congress leader at the time, was shot dead after
ordering Indian troops to storm the Golden Temple -- Sikhism's holiest
shrine in northern Punjab state -- to flush out separatists from the
minority faith holed up inside.