Death sentence in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, other convict gets lifer

The Hush Post | 18:00 pm | two-minute read

A Delhi court today sentenced to death one of the two convicts in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The Patiala House Court sent the other convict to jail for life. A fine of Rs 35 lakh each was also imposed on the two. This is the first death sentence handed in the case after 34 years.

The court had on November 14 found Yashpal Singh, 55 and 68-year-old Naresh Sehrawat guilty of killing two Sikh men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. While Yashpal Singh was handed death sentence, Naresh Sehrawat was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The two had killed Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh during the riots in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur. On November 1, 1984 a mob had attacked Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh with iron rods and stones. They rushed to Avtar Singh’s house, but the mob followed them and set it on fire, charring them to death.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court in 2015 had reopened 60 cases out of the total 293. Last week the SIT was successful in getting conviction in the first case.

NDTV reported that the SIT has filed “untraced report” in 52 cases. In five of the other 8 cases, charge sheet has been filed. The remaining three have senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as an accused and are pending investigation.

Meanwhile, reacting to the judgment, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that ‘justice has been delivered.’



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