Guwahati: Delhi court awarded death penalty to 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict Yashpal Singh. Yashpal is accused of killing two men in the riots which are the first capital punishment in the case. The death penalty is awarded by Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey who also awarded life term to co-convict Naresh Sherawat in the case.
The verdict had to be pronounced in the Tihar Jail due to security concerns as there are probabilities of attack on the convicts on the premises of the Delhi court.
Before this, the court had convicted Singh and Sherawat for killing two men in the anti-Sikh riot that took place in 1984. Not only this, the court imposed a fine of Rs 70 lakh too on the duo.
The Additional Sessions Judge of Delhi court, Ajay Pandey had held Naresh Sherawat and Yashpal Singh guilty of killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh. The case was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by Santokh Singh, brother of Hardev Singh.
Additional sessions judge Ajay Pandey, delivering his judgment on the matter, said that the offence of murder against both has been successfully proved by the prosecution. He stated, “The common objective of the unlawful assembly, among others, was to murder people of the Sikh community, which is clear from the slogans raised by its leaders and the manner in which the members carried out its objective.”
The incident on November 1, 1984 was that Hardev Singh, Kuldeep Singh, and Sangat Singh were present at their grocery shops in Mahipalpur when a violent mob of 800-1,000 people armed with weapons attacked them in their shop with iron rods, lathis, hockey sticks, stones and kerosene oil.