1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Delhi court awards first death penalty

The court on November 15 convicted Yashpal Singh, who was sentenced to death, and Naresh Seharawat for killing two Sikhs and injuring three relatives of one of the deceased during the riots.

November 20, 2018 05:07 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:37 pm IST - New Delhi

Photo shows a building destroyed by fire after the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 in Delhi.

Photo shows a building destroyed by fire after the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 in Delhi.

A court here on Tuesday sentenced one person to death and awarded life imprisonment to his co-convict for killing two during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The killings had taken place at Mahipalpur in south Delhi.

The riots had broken out across the capital following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey awarded capital punishment to Yashpal Singh and life imprisonment to his Naresh Sehrawat.

The judge passed the sentence order in the Tihar jail premises where the two convicts were sent following their conviction on November 14 .

Security concerns

The order was passed there in view of the security concerns of the convicts as a BJP MLA had slapped one of them on the day of the conviction.

The charge sheet stated that on November 1, 1984, a violent mob of about 800-1,000 persons armed with deadly weapons like iron rods, lathis, hockey sticks and kerosene cans rushed towards the victims. On seeing them, they rushed to a nearby house on the first floor and locked themselves up in a room.

The mob looted the shops and then broke into the room, assaulted them and threw all the Sikhs down, resulting in the death of Avtar Singh and Hardev Singh, the charge sheet said.

The case was re-investigated by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Central government in 2014.

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