Three convicted for attacking Sikh family in 1984 riots

NEW DELHI - A court here Saturday convicted three people for attempting to murder three members of a Sikh family during the 1984 riots here following the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Surinder S. Rathi held Mangal Sen alias Billa, Brij Mohan Verma and Bhagat Singh guilty of attempt to murder, rioting, and dacoity in Shastri Nagar area of north Delhi. The court will announce the quantum of sentence Aug 29.

“Even though we boast of being the world’s largest democracy and Delhi being its national capital, the sheer mention of the incidents of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in general and the role played by Delhi Police and state machinery in particular makes our heads hang in shame in the eyes of the world polity,” the court said.

The anti-riots cell of Delhi Police had probed the incident in which Joginder Singh and his two sons Jagmohan Singh and Gurvinder Singh were seriously injured while their house was burnt down by a mob led by the three accused on Nov 1, 1984.


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