New Delhi: The police force in Delhi succumbed to the anti-Sikh sentiments in 1984, thus abetting rioting and arson, a sting operation by news portal Cobrapost revealed Tuesday.
The then government did not allow the police to act while creating an impression that the police were not performing their duty, the sting operation titled "Chapter 84" added.
"The government's intention appeared to be that the Sikhs should get some punishment," said Shoorveer Singh Tyagi, then police station house officer (SHO) at Kalyanpuri, whom Cobrapost interviewed.
"Messages were broadcast directing police to not take action against rioters who were shouting slogans of 'Indira Gandhi zindabad"," Rohtas Singh, SHO at Delhi Cantonment, told Cobrapost in an interview.
Throwing light on the complicity of the state in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the report added that police logbooks were conveniently changed to eliminate evidence of inaction by senior police officials.