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1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Delhi Court Sentenced Death Penalty To Yashpal Singh And Life Imprisonment To Naresh Sherawat

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| November 20 , 2018 , 18:15 IST

A Delhi court on Tuesday sentenced death penalty to a man and life imprisonment to another after finding them guilty of murder in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey awarded the death penalty to Yashpal Singh and sentenced Naresh Sherawat to life imprisonment.

The prosecution demanded death penalty to, saying it was the rarest of rare case. But the defence counsel pleaded for leniency.

Yashpal Singh's sentence makes it the first death punishment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Sherawat worked at the Mahipalpur post office and Yashpal Singh was a transporter.

Last week, the court convicted Sherawat and Yashpal Singh for murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons.

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed in 2015, probed the 60 cases it had reopened out of the total 293 and succeeded in getting a conviction in the first case last week.

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was also delighted by the first conviction of Delhi court in the 1984 riots case and took to his Twitter account, "Justice has finally been meted out to the perpetrators of the heinous crimes. Hope the others involved in the attacks are also soon brought to book for their horrendous and inhuman acts."

It is learnt that Sherawat and Yashpal Singh were accused of killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in Mahipalpur area of south Delhi during the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

On a complaint by the victim's brother Santokh Singh, the police lodged a case. But in 1994, the police wanted to close the case citing lack of evidence.