1984 anti-Sikh riots: Delhi court sentences 2 convicts, announces first death penalty in case

File photo: Sikh activists hold placards to commemorate the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Amritsar. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 20, 2018, 05.20 PM (IST)

A Delhi court on Tuesday announced death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh in the anti-Sikh riots case. This was the first ever capital punishment in the case. 

Yashpal Singh was accused of killing two men in the riots that took place in 1984. Co-convict Naresh Sherawat has been given life-term by the court.

According to news agency PTI, the verdict was pronounced in the Tihar Jail due to security concerns and attack on the convicts on the Delhi court's premises.

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted out saying that justice has finally been meted out. He hoped that others involved in the case are also brought to justice. 

"Welcome the first conviction by a Delhi court in the 1984 riots case. 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," the tweet read. 

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Yashpal Singh and Naresh Sherawat were convicted on November 14 for killing two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. This was the first conviction in the cases reopened by the SIT.

The case was closed by the Delhi Police in 1994 for want of evidence but was reopened by a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

The 1984 riots, which had erupted after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had claimed about 3,000 lives across India.

(With inputs from PTI)