New Delhi: A scuffle broke out in Patiala House Court in the national capital after Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa slapped a 1984 riots case convict Thursday. The incident took place a while after the Court reserved its order in the 1984 murder case of both Avtar Singh and Hardev Singh.
The Patiala House Court will pronounce the sentence of the convicts on November 20. Clarifying the incident, Sirsa said, “They killed innocent people in 1984. Still, they are roaming around like goons. They were raising slogans that they will make us remember 1984 riots.”
A Delhi court on Wednesday held two accused, Naresh Sehrawat and Yashpal Singh, guilty in connection with the murder of two Sikhs in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur area during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, after a period of 30 years. After the pronouncement of the court judgment, the accused were taken into custody immediately.
Sehrawat and Singh were earlier booked on the charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, weapon possession, attempt to murder and murder etc under Sections 452, 302, 307, 324, 395, 436 read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to official records, about 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the clashes which broke out after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.
From calling witnesses from Italy to testify in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case to publishing public notices, the SIT, formed in 2015, took extensive measures to probe the 60 cases it had reopened out of the total 293 and succeeded in getting the conviction in the first case on Wednesday.
Of the 650 cases registered in connection with anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, 267 were closed as untraced by the Delhi Police. Of these 267 cases, five were later taken up by the CBI. The SIT also scrutinised the records of 18 cancelled cases.
The SIT found 60 cases appropriate for further investigation. It filed “untraced report” in 52 cases in the last one-and-a-half years.
Out of the eight cases being investigated, charge sheets have been filed in five and three, in which senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is an accused, are pending investigation.