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The Succession- A Private Matter

November 3, 1984 Delhi, reportedly 300 persons were killed in a carnage that lasted several hours. Newspaper accounts are virtually unanimous Jjiat the perpetrators of the violence were able to go about their work for hours without any hindrance. Residences, shops and factories owned by Sikhs were selectively burnt down. The police either came to the scene late or refused to react or respond to pleas for help. In Delhi the curfew did not at all seem to hinder the movement of the assailants. Mischief-mongers were able even to travel freely in vehicles with loudspeakers announcing that the city's water supply had been poisoned in an attempt to further raise passions against the Sikhs. The army which officially had been called in to restore order on November I was in fact nowhere to be seen till the next day.

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