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Indian Court Orders New Probe into 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots  བོད་སྐད།


A court in India is ordering a new investigation into a former minister's alleged role in anti-Sikh riots that killed nearly three-thousand people in 1984.

Former Federal Minister Jagdish Tytler, a leading Congress party member, is accused of inciting violence and organizing mobs against Sikhs.

The riots followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards after she ordered a crackdown on Sikh separatists.

In 2005, a government commission said Tytler and three other senior Congress party officials likely took part in the anti-Sikh violence, but investigators later cleared them of wrongdoing.

Investigators said they could not locate a key witness who implicated Tytler. But Indian news media have since tracked down the man who stands by allegations that he watched Tytler organize a mob.

The man, who now lives in the U.S. state of California, says he is ready to testify at any time.

In 1984, the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent troops to flush out Sikh militants who had taken refuge in the Golden Temple -- the religion's holiest shrine. The raid damaged the shrine, enraging Sikhs, including several of Mrs. Gandhi's bodyguards who conspired to kill her.

Critics say the ruling Congress party has ignored investigating the reprisal killings against Sikhs and the role that some party officials played in the violence.

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