1984 anti-Sikh riots: Death penalty for one convict

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Three decades after the riot, the Patiala House Court in Delhi on Tuesday sentenced 1984 Sikh riots convict Yashpal Singh to death, and gave life imprisonment to another convict Naresh Sehrawat.

The Delhi court had held Sehrawat and Singh guilty on 14 November in connection with the murder of two Sikhs in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur area in 1984. The court held both the accused guilty under various sections including 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 395 (dacoity) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC.

On 15 November, Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey reserved for 20 November the order on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to the two convicts for killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh.

It was the first conviction in the cases reopened by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), set up in 2015. The Delhi Police had closed the case in 1994 for want of evidence. However, a SIT on the riots reopened it.

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