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ATR disappointing, says Left

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NEW DELHI: : The Left parties on Tuesday demanded that the Manmohan Singh Government act on the specific recommendations of the Nanavati Commission, which went into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and also proceed against "certain persons" named in its report.

In a statement, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau said the report failed to do justice to the terms of reference, fix the responsibility for failure to check the violence and pinpoint those guilty.

"After twentyone years and nine commissions and enquiry committees, it is a dismal state of affairs that justice cannot be rendered to the thousands who suffered in the pogrom. The Action Taken Report (ATR) submitted by the government is in all respects unsatisfactory and does not even treat the limited recommendations seriously," the statement said.

Describing the ATR as "thoroughly disappointing," the CPI said it did not in any way assure justice to the victims.

In a statement, the CPI Central Secretariat said though the Commission's report was self-contradictory in its conclusions, it did name and speak of the involvement of several Congress leaders.

"Wherever and against whomsoever the Commission speaks of credible evidence, prosecution should be launched. The law should be allowed to take its course and no attempt should be made to shield such persons.''

Referring to the Commission's report, which indicted several police officers, the CPI said it was not enough to say they had retired. For, retirement did not absolve any person of dereliction. The party suggested that the Government draw proper lessons from the report and revamp the police force.

The CPI (ML) Liberation asked the Government to immediately remove Union Minister Jagdish Tytler and initiate the "much belated legal action" against him, police officials and bureaucrats named in the report.

The party dubbed the ATR "just an eyewash to save the culprits of the 1984 massacre... the whole nation, the Sikh community in particular, demands an unqualified apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Congress party for the massacre.''

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