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1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Sajjan Kumar sentenced to life imprisonment

The 73-year-old Sajjan Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar in Delhi. He has been asked to surrender by December 31 and cannot leave the city.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 17 Dec 2018 6:13 AM GMT

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots case: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar sentenced to life imprisonment
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has pronounced life sentence to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar after he was found guilty for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The 73-year-old Sajjan Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar in Delhi. He has been asked to surrender by December 31 and cannot leave the city.

The High Court, referring to the courage of Jagdish Kaur, the victim who had fought for action against Sajjan Kumar and others, said, "It is important to assure the victims that despite the challenges truth will prevail." It added, "The aftershock of those atrocities is still being felt."

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The conviction of five others, former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar, were also upheld by the high court.

Why did the riot broke out?

It took place after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. More than 3000 people were killed in the 1984 case.

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Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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