1984 riots: Man gets life for murdering four

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Old 22-Mar-2011
1984 riots: Man gets life for murdering four

New Delhi March 22:

A man was sentenced to life imprisonment for burning alive four persons in Trilokpuri area of East Delhi during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots which had broken out here following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Additional Sessions Judge P S Teji also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on convict Mahesh saying the prosecution has established that he was present in the mob which had set the house on fire resulting in four deaths on November 3, 1984. "The prosecution has successfully established on record beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was a member of the unlawful assembly at the time of commission of the offence and entered into the house.

"Prosecution has also successfully established that after entering into the house, being a member of the unlawful assembly, accused Mahesh committed the murder of the four persons," the court said. Mahesh was in the mob which had entered complainant Vidya Kaur's house in block number-13 at Trilokpuri on November 3, 1984, and burnt alive her husband Jaswant Singh, his nephew Anokha Singh, his friend Satnam Singh and a neighbour Bhajan Singh. The court relied on testimonies of Vidya, her two sons Surjeet Singh and Kuldeep Singh who had also witnessed the killings.

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