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1984 riots
3 convicted for lynching three Sikhs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 26
A Delhi court today convicted three men for lynching three members of an East Delhi 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 the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

The accused were convicted under various sections of the IPC, including 147 (rioting) and 3028 (murder).

The judge, however, acquitted an accused woman, Kamlesh, and Suraj Giri 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 the Shahadra 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 here. Her 17-year-old son Gurpal Singh and son-in-law Mahinder Singh were killed the next day by the accused.

The FIR in the case was lodged in 1996 when Kaur, who survived the riots, filed an affidavit with the Jain and Banerjee committees constituted to look into the anti-Sikh riot cases.

The late former union minister 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.

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