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Two-member SIT to probe 1984 riots cases: SC 

New Delhi, December 4

A two-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) will look into 186 cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and not a three-member panel, the Supreme Court ordered today.

A three-judge Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur modified its January 11 order that talked of a three-member SIT to supervise further probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots in view of refusal by retired IPS officer Rajdeep Singh to be a part of the panel due to personal reasons.

The two-member SIT consists of former Delhi High Court judge Justice SN Dhingra and serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular. The SIT was to submit its first report in August. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the riots that broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

Justice Dhingra, who heads the SIT, was a trial judge when punishments were handed out in the 1990s to the accused of the Trilokpuri massacre of 1984. Kishori Lal, dubbed the “Butcher of Trilokpuri”, was among those sentenced by him.

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