Two Convicts of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Surrendered

New Delhi: Two convicts of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots case, Former MLAs Kishan Khokhar and Mahender Yadav, surrendered today before a Delhi Court to serve the 10 year jail term.

The 73 year old former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar who is one of the convicts and sentenced to life in the case will surrender later in the day.

December 31, 2018 was set as the last day for their surrender and to under go the imprisonment as ordered by the Delhi High Court.

Khokhar and Yadav surrendered before Metropolitan Magistrate Aditi Garg after the court accepted their application to surrender.

The Court had on December 17 also convicted former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal.

The case in which they were convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar Part-I area of Palam Colony in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II. This happened because of the riots which broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards on 31st October 1984.

The High Court had pointed out that, over 2,700 Sikhs were killed in the national capital during the 1984 riots which was indeed a “carnage of unbelievable proportions” and riots are a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.

The High Court had on December 21 rejected Kumar’s plea seeking extension till January 30 to surrender. He has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the conviction and life sentence awarded by the high court.

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