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First Death Penalty in 1984 anti-Sikh disorder affair

A tribunal in Delhi surrendered on Tuesday the death penalty to one of the two persons convicted of murder in the 1984 opposition case against the Sikhs. The other convicted was jailed for a lifetime.

This is one of the many instances of riots in 1984 that a SIT, set up in 2015, began when they closed earlier than the Delhi police.

Following the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed throughout the country, with most being killed in Delhi.

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Condemning Yashpal Singh, who was accused of killing two people during opposition riots in the Mahipalpur district of Delhi, was sentenced to death. The other convicted, Naresh Sherawat, will serve a life in prison.

This is the first time a prisoner has surrendered the death penalty to the backlash of 1984 following the resumption of SIT cases in 2015.

Both defendants have been fined with Rs 35 lakh each.

The verdict is pronounced in Tihar Prison instead of the court, ANI said additional deputy police commissioner Kumar Gyanesh.

Head of the Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh welcomed the verdict and said that justice was finally served in the case.

He declared the following statement: "We welcome the first conviction by a Delhi tribunal in the 1984 turmoil. Justice has finally attacked the perpetrators of the wretched crimes and we hope the others involved in the attacks will soon be recruited for horrible and inhumane acts."

Ministers of the Union of Harrismith Kahn Bandal wrote on Twitter, "They were killed, they burned! They hurt! They are embracing today!" I thank Waheguru for giving Sikhs a ray of hope in today's verdict against two guilty men of 1984SikhGenocide & pray for similar punishment Sajjan, Tytler, and their associates in Sikhs crimes! "

On November 14, the court convicted Singh and Sherawat of the murder of the two men here during the 1984 anti-Renaissance uprisings – the first conviction in the cases reopened by the SIT.

The Delhi police had closed the case in 1994 for lack of evidence. However, a group of special investigations into the riots opened again.

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