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1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Delhi High Court Upholds Conviction Of 88 People

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| November 28 , 2018 , 18:03 IST

The Delhi High Court upheld the conviction of 88 people and sentenced them imprisonment for the term of five years for rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Wednesday.

The convicts had been arrested in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri area after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

According to the FIR lodged in connection with the Trilokpuri incident, 95 people had died in the rioting and 100 houses were burnt, said senior advocate H S Phoolka, who has been representing the riot victims in various matters.

According to the reports of PTI, the convicts had challenged the August 27, 1996 judgement of a Sessions Court which had convicted 88 out of the 107 people arrested on November 2, 1984, for rioting, burning houses and curfew violation in Trilokpuri area of East Delhi.

Justice R K Gauba dismissed their 22-year old appeals against conviction by a trial court and asked all the convicts to surrender forthwith to undergo the prison term.

The Delhi Patiala House Court had earlier declared a death sentence to Yashpal Singh and handed another convict Naresh Sherawat life imprisonment for their role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The verdict was pronounced in Tihar Jail due to security concerns.

They were convicted on November 15 for killing two Sikh youths in Delhi's Mahipalpur area after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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In the first verdict after the riots-related cases were reopened by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2015.