The Delhi Patiala House Court announced death sentence to 55-year-old convict Yashpal Singh and announced life imprisonment to 68-year-old Naresh Sherawat in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The quantum of sentence was announced amidst tight security outside the court premises.
Yashpal and Naresh were convicted on November 15 for killing two members of the Sikh community in Delhi’s Mahipalpur area just after the assassination of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The two were held guilty of killing Hardev Singh and Avatar Singh and the complaint against the two was registered by Hardev’s brother Santokh Singh. Even though the case was closed back in 1994 due to lack of evidence but was later investigated by the Special Investigation Team.
The Special Investigation Team said in their report that the two youths Hardev Singh and Santokh Singh aged around 25 were brutally murdered and it was a pre-planned murder as the convicts were carrying kerosene oil, sticks etc. Security forces were deployed in large numbers as a massive ruckus was created outside the court premises while the convicts were going back.
The judgment came 34 years after the deadly riots. This is the first sentence since 2015 after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) took over. Several police officers and others including the paramilitary forces were present outside the Patiala house court in order to avoid any untoward incident. As per official records over 2100 people were killed in Delhi while around 2800 others were killed after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by a Sikh bodyguard.
1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Death Sentence and Life Imprisonment for the criminals
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