POLICE STATION DELHI CANTONMENT
Inspector Rohtas Singh
Cantt. Police Station has two Police Posts within its jurisdiction , namely
PP Palam and PP Dhaula Kuan. This
Police Station covers the south-west portion of South Delhi and includes
Nangal Raya, Lajwanti Garden, Sagarpur, Palam Colony, Raj Nagar,
Sadh Nagar, Raghu Nagar,
Gopi Nath Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Mahabir Enclave, Vijay
Enclave and a portion of Pankha Road.
scale killings took place in this Police Station and according to the
Citizensí Justice Committee, 427
persons were brutally murdered in the area covered by the Police
Station Delhi Cantt. The
police kept on giving different versions of the number of deaths.
On investigation, however,
the Delhi Administration
has verified 341 deaths in this area.
These figures would naturally be on the lower side because a large
number of persons killed had been completely burnt and may not
have been accounted for.
In any case , 341 deaths in one Police Station can only be accounted
for if the police was totally
apathetic and inactive. The fact that they had knowledge is clear from the messages in the various wireless log
books of SHO Delhi Cantt; ACP Delhi
Cantt.; as well as the District Control .
However, it seems
that under pressure of the
local leaders the police refused
to act and discharge their duties in a nonpartisan manner .
If the version of the Sub Inspector Ramesh Singh Rana dated 14.3.85
is to be believed, and which will be discussed shortly, the major blame
for all these killings and incidents remaining unchecked will fall on
the shoulders of the DCP of this District viz., Shri Chander Parkash.
the police records as well
as the versions of the deponents, it appears that incidents of arson and
looting started from the evening of 31st October, 1984 .
Pankha Road, Dabri, Raghu Nagar,
Nangal Raya were all affected from the evening.
Major trouble started on 1.11.84 in Raj Nagar in the morning at
about 9.00 AM and then Lajwanti Garden, Janak
Setu, Sagarpur and many other localities.
unabated and the last serious
incident was on 4th November, 1984 at about 7.55 hrs. when
7 Sikhs were killed near Dabri Morh,
Sagarpur. Later the
houses in Palam Colony were
set ablaze at 22.45 hrs. on the same day.
The area under the Police Post Palam was one
of the worst affected
during the riots. Apart from
large scale brutal killings
at least 272 houses, 14 shops,
2 Gurudwaras and 17 vehicles
were set ablaze.
Even though more than 340 people were killed and large scale arson and loot took place in this area, only 5 FIRs were registered. These are on the complaints of some individuals. A large number of deponents have stated that their complaints were not recorded or investigated properly.