STATION PUNJABI BAGH
Inspector Ram Chander
Punjabi Bagh Police Station located on the out-skirts of Delhi
has a mixed population, with a few colonies of upper and middleclass and
some rural pockets. Three
Police Posts in its jurisdiction are: Shakurbasti; Madipur, and Anand
The total number of deaths according to Delhi Administration was 27, whereas police records shot about 24. From this it is clear that although the number of deaths was not large the incidents of looting and arson were numerous and remained unchecked.
There was no trouble on 31st October 1984.
However, on 1.11.84, incidents of arson and looting started in
rapid succession. Gurudwaras
were the main targets followed by Guru Nanak Public School.
At 11.20 AM, Gurudwara in Bhagwan Dass Nagar was set ablaze followed
by attack on Gurudwara in ‘A’ Block Madipur at 12.40 PM.
At about 1.00 PM. There was a serious incident in Samrat Enclave
when some member of the Sikh Community started firing at the mob from
the roof top of house No. C-64, Raj Nagar in which a number of persons
including three inmates of the -----------(two males and one female) were
killed according 1450 hrs, the crowd looted Madipur.
At 1540 hrs, shops in P&T Colony were looted.
At about the same time, the mob tried to set some trucks on fire
in Paschim Puri Enclave. At
1720 hrs, Kothi No.33, Road No.1 Punjabi Bagh was set ablaze.
On 2nd November 1984, there were incidents of rioting
near Samrat Cinema, Shakarpur and one truck was looted and set on fire
at Madhuban Chowk. On 3.11.84,
one house near Shivaji Park School was set ablaze.
Incidents of violence continued upto4.11.84 as would be clear from
the messages in the Log Book of this Police Station.
Although there have been large number of incidents of arson,
looting and even killings, only 1 FIR No. 511 was registered by Inspector
Ram Chander SHO, Punjabi Bagh at 1.00 PM. On 1.11.84. This is a general FIR, which mentions rioting by both communities.
This is of a very general nature and clearly indicates the bias
of the SHO against the Sikhs in general.
Interestingly, as has been pointed out during the arguments before
Misra Commission, this FIR was recorded in more or less the same language
as FIR NO. 351/84 of Police Station Nangloi and FIR No. 176/84 of Police
Station Mangolpuri. Apparently, the three SHOs decided to record similar FIRs by
mutual consultation or under directions from their superiors.
Otherwise it would not have been possible for them to use similar
phrases and language.