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Five Sentenced to Life in 1984 Sikh Massacres Case


P.T.I., New Delhi, May 16, 2005

Photo: 1984 Sikh Massacres

More than two decades after five persons burnt to death a man during the anti-Sikh riots that rocked the capital following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a Delhi court today sentenced all of them to life imprisonment.

Additional Sessions Judge N.K. Kaushik, found Rajinder, Pyarelal, Dharam Pal, Rajbir and Barumal guilty under Section 302 of I.P.C. (murder) for killing one Baba Singh by setting him ablaze after pouring kerosene.

The incident took place on November 1, 1984 when the five dragged the deceased out of his home in Nangloi in West Delhi into the street, poured kerosene on him and set him ablaze.

An F.I.R. in the case was lodged only on July 2, 1996, when the widow of the deceased, Kuldeep Kaur, approached the Lt. Governor after running pillar to post demanding justice for 12 years.

Nearly 2,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots that broke out immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.