Punjab CM welcomes court’s decision in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi court’s decision in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The court pronounced the death penalty to one accused Yashpal Singh and awarded life imprisonment to another accused Naresh Sehrawat.

Speaking to ANI, Singh said, “I welcome this judgment by the court and hope that now the other eight pending cases are also taken up by the courts and disposed of without any further delay.”

A Delhi court on Tuesday pronounced death penalty to Yashpal Singh and life imprisonment to Naresh Sehrawat for killing two Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The court also slapped Rs 35 lakh fine on each of them.

“The quantum of punishment was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey at Tihar Jail, not at the Patiala Court, apprehending a possible law and order situation in the national capital,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumar Gyanesh told ANI.

On November 14, the court had held Sehrawat and Singh guilty of murdering of two Sikhs in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur area during 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Both the accused were booked under Sections 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 395 (Punishment for dacoity), 436 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy) read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).