Chauraasi Ki Nainsaafi
From 31 October to 3 November 1984, over 3,000 Sikh men, women and children were slaughtered by violent mobs, following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sikh men had their necks ringed with tyres which were set on fire, while others were shot or hacked to death; women were raped and assaulted.
Eyewitnesses told official commissions of inquiry that police personnel did nothing to prevent the killings; and some actively participated in the massacre. Several witnesses reported seeing members of the ruling Congress party instigating mobs and taking part in the attacks. A government-appointed judicial commission described the killings as “organized carnage”.
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