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3 convicted for lynching family in 1984 anti-Sikh riots
March 26, 2007 14:53 IST
A Delhi Court on Monday convicted three men for lynching three members of a family in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri held three accused -- Harparsad Bhardwaj, R P Tiwari and Jagdish Giri -- guilty of killing three members of a Sikh family, including a Delhi police head constable.
The accused had led a mob on November 1 and 2, and attacked the house of complainant Harminder Kaur in 1984 in an East Delhi locality after anti-Sikh riots broke out following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
The accused were convicted under various sections of IPC, including 147 (rioting) and 302 (murder).
The ASJ, however, acquitted a woman accused Kamlesh and Suraj Giri of the charges due to lack of evidence.
The court will hear the arguments on quantum of sentence on March 28.
According to the prosecution, Kaur's husband Niranjan Singh, a head constable with the Delhi Police, who was on duty at Shahdara Railway Station on November 1, 1984, was lynched and set ablaze by a violent mob led by the accused.
The accused had earlier chased him down before killing him in front of his house at Mansarovar Park.
Her 17-year-old son Gurpal Singh and son-in-law Mahender Singh were killed the next day by the accused.
The FIR in the case was lodged in 1996 when Kaur, who survived the riot, filed an affidavit with the Jain and Banerjee Committee constituted to look into the anti-Sikh riot cases.
Former Union Minster H K L Bhagat was also named as one of the accused in the case but was later discharged as the evidence against him was found to be insufficient.