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Nanavati Commission 2005
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Nanavati Comm sees a 'pattern' in 1984 Sikh riots

Sunday, January 2 2005 10:06 Hrs

New Delhi : The Justice Nanavati Commission, inquiring into the 1984 Sikh riots, which is preparing to submit its report to the Union Home Ministry, sees a "pattern" behind the attacks on Sikhs.

"The evidence does indicate a pattern in which the riots took place and the pattern in which the attacks took place on the Sikhs," Justice G T Nanavati said refusing to elaborate on the merits of the evidence taken into consideration by it.

"All the evidence has been scrutinised and the report will be submitted to the Home Ministry with recommendations positively by January 31," he said.

The Commission, the second one to probe into the riots after Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission, is expected to give its finding on the causes of the riots, whether it was instigated by politicians as also the role of the police and law enforcing agencies.

Many Congress leaders, including Union Ministers Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath, late Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, Vasant Sathe, Sajjan Kumar were examined by the Nanavati Commission.

Allegations were also levelled against former Union Minister H K L Bhagat regarding his role in the riots. However, he did not appear before the Commission citing health grounds.

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