Delhi High Court upholds conviction of 88 people in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday upheld conviction of 88 People by the trail court in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

The High court while dismissing the plea of all 88 convicts who were held guilty of rioting in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri area, asked them to surrender soon.

The convicts have been sentenced to five years in jail.

Senior advocate HS Phoolka said the court criticised the delay in the case.

“According to the FIR lodged in connection with the Trilokpuri incident, 95 people died in the rioting and 100 houses were burnt,” Phoolka added.

Largescale violence had broken out after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her Sikh bodyguards in November 1984 which claimed over 2800 lives across India. Trilokpuri, area in Delhi, inhabited mostly by Sikhs, was the worst hit.

Last week, Delhi court pronounced death sentence to one convict and awarded life term to another for killing two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The court held Yashpal Singh and Naresh Sherawat guilty of killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur during the riots.

It was the first sentencing in the case after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed in 2015 by the home ministry.