Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Death penalty for one convict; life imprisonment for another

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced another convict, Naresh Sehrawat, to life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced inside Delhi's Tihar Jail due to security concerns and attack on the convicts on the premises of the Delhi court.

Thirty four years ago, two young Sikh men were killed by a mob in Mahipalpur village in south Delhi. The two men who lost their lives on November 1, 1984, were Hardev Singh, who was then 24 years old, and Avtar Singh, 26. The home ministry had constituted a special investigating team (SIT) in 2015 to probe the 1984 riot cases. On November 14, the court had convicted Singh and Sherawat for killing two men - the first conviction in the cases reopened by the SIT. It was an eyewitness testimony that proved crucial in the conviction of the duo accused of killing two Sikh men during the 1984 riots in the national capital.

Both accused were also convicted of dacoity, attempt to murder and other serious charges for they attacked the victims with a common intention and burnt their business establishments.

Source: times of india https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-death-penalty-for-one-convict-life-imprisonment-for-another/articleshow/66709132.cms?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=iOSapp

Accessed on 20 Nov 2018

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