1984 anti-Sikh riots: three jailed for life
Three men involved in the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Ghandi in 1984 have been jailed for life for attempted murder, loot and arson.
Brij Mohan Verma, Mangal Sain and Ghagat Singh were guilty of acts of “mindless violence committed under the garb of emotional outburst,” said Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Surinder S. Nathi in New Delhi.
The three men forced their way into neighbour Joginder Singh’s home in North Delhi on November 1 1984, beat up the family and looted the house before setting it alight.
Mr Singh and his two sons moved to Amritsar soon after, but returned for the trial as investigations finally brought their attackers to book 25 years later.
Judge Nathi described the anti-Sikh riots as a most unfortunate time for India after independence and dismissed the suggestion that they were an emotional outburst of the masses. There could be no justification for mayhem and pogrom, he said.
The court criticised “contrived inaction” by the police and government, which, it said, led to loss of “priceless lives”. Instead of showing their allegiance to the rule of law, the constitution and the oath they had taken, a better part of the police response was toeing the line of their political rulers, it said.
Thousands of Sikhs died in the riots, with the Sikh community condemning ruling party politicians ever since for not hunting down and punishing those responsible.
Indira Ghandi had been murdered by her Sikh bodyguards.
- Royal Mail stamp to feature Princess Sophia Duleep Singh - January 15, 2018
- Welcome to the team Rajveer Kaur - January 9, 2018
- Want to write for Sikhs Online? - January 1, 2018
- New Years Eve programme not to be missed at Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara - December 31, 2017
- The Chaar Sahibzaade – POEM - December 26, 2017
- Melbourne School Change their Uniform Policy for a Sikh Boy - December 23, 2017
- Meet The Woman Behind London Finance Solutions - October 15, 2017
- Canada – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is Getting Married - December 19, 2017
- The Boy with the Topknot – Film Review - November 14, 2017
- Munshi Singh and The Komagata Maru Incident - October 28, 2017
- Royal Mail stamp to feature Princess Sophia Duleep Singh
- Welcome to the team Rajveer Kaur
- First Female Turbaned Sikh Pilot Congratulated by SGPC
- Sikhs in USA showcase a floral spectacle
- Want to write for Sikhs Online?
- New Years Eve programme not to be missed at Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara