I'd asked why no one gets convicted in riot cases in this post. I had my facts wrong. Some have been convicted in the '84 riots, via the Vijay Times. However, as the article notes, only 25 people convicted for some 2743 killings (emphasis mine). Small compared to the 587 cases registered, out of which 241 cases were filed as "untraced", and 243 acquitted. The untraced in question being the accused.

As the lawyer for the victims says in the article, re-opening the cases may not solve much:
After all these years, where can they find evidence? Who will identify and trace the killers?

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