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Kejriwal to study legality of SIT on 1984 Sikh riots

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government will examine the legality of a special team formed by the central government to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He said his government would also explore the possibility of forming a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killings.

Over 2,700 people were killed in the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Most killings took place in Delhi.

Quoting his party colleague and lawyer HS Phoolka, Kejriwal said the central government does not have the power to form an SIT.

“I will get it examined whether the Delhi government can form an SIT and if the SIT formed by the central government is illegal”, he said.

The issue was raised by Aam Aadmi Party member Phoolka at a Delhi government function in Tilak Nagar where the families of anti-Sikh riots were given an enhanced compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

“To prevent me from forming an SIT, they constituted an SIT a day before the formation of my government,” Kejriwal said.

The AAP took power on February 14 this year after winning 67 of the 70 assembly seats.

In its previous tenure in 2013-14, the AAP government had ordered an SIT probe but it did not come through as Kejriwal resigned as chief minister.

(IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)