CBI re-opens Delhi riot cases

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 06:46am hrs
Responding to the recommendations made by the Nanavati panel probing the 1984 Delhi riots for fresh investigations against some people, the CBI on Friday registered two cases against unknown persons in riots, arson and murder following the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Former union minister Jagdish Tytler had to resign in the wake of the recommendations made by the Nanavati commission with the government committing to institute a fresh probe into allegations over his involvement.

The ministry of home affairs had referred 10 cases registered by the Delhi police to the CBI for examination, out of which the agency firmed up investigations in two cases registered at Mangolpuri and Sultanpuri police stations. All these cases had been closed by the police saying the accused were untraced.

Both the cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to rioting, dacoity, arson and murder, the CBI sources said.

Giving details of cases registered, CBI sources said one case relates to an FIR filed by the Delhi police at Mangolpuri police station in which one Iqbal Singh left for his shop on November 1, 1984 and never came back.

On November 2, it was learnt that he was killed by a mob and that his body was lying on the road, which was subsequently burnt by the mob. The police had registered a case which was closed later, saying none of those in the mob could be traced by police.

The other case registered by the CBI was filed at Sultanpuri police station, the sources said. In its FIR, CBI said a telephone call was received on November 2 from an unidentified caller who claimed that a gurudwara at Budh Vihar was being looted and the mob had entered the premises, indulging in large scale arson.The sources said CBI was also examining eight other cases which would be registered by the agency once its legal department had scrutinised them.