New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal disbursed cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to the relatives of victims of anti-Sikh riots and fulfilled Delhi government’s earlier promise to do so. AAP government had earlier announced in the month of May that it had earmarked Rs 10 crore from its budget to pay enhanced compensation to the kin of riot victims. CM Kejriwal payed homage to Sikh riot victims at a function in Tilak Nagar in West Delhi and distributed the compensation during the same event.
Taking a dig at the then Congress-led Union government and also attacking the Modi-led government – erstwhile at Gujurat state and presently at the centre, Kejriwal said, had the guilty been punished in 1984 itself, the incidents such as Dadri lynching or Gujarat riots of 2002 would not have occurred. While paying his tributes to the worst hit Sikh victims at the time of riots, Kejriwal added he would get the validity of Special Investigation Team formed by the Centre examined by the legal experts.
Enhanced compensation cheques for Rs 5 lakh each were handed out to 1,320 next of kin of Sikhs killed in the riots. Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma said the government would issue such cheques to 2,300 families. Kejriwal said his government would strive to bring the perpetrators of the riots to book.