20/11/2018 5:19 PM IST | Updated 20/11/2018 5:19 PM IST

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Death Penalty Awarded To One Convict, Life-Imprisonment To Another

The court had convicted Yashpal Singh and Naresh Sherawat on 14 November for killing two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Activists participate in a candle march demanding justice for those who were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

NEW DELHI — A Delhi court on Tuesday awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh for killing two men in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the first capital punishment in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey also awarded life term to co-convict Naresh Sherawat in the case.

The verdict pronounced in the Tihar Jail due to security concerns and attack on the convicts on the premises of the Delhi court.

On 14 November, the court had convicted Singh and Sherawat for killing two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots — the first conviction in the cases reopened by the SIT.

The Delhi Police had closed the case in 1994 for want of evidence. However, a Special Investigation Team on the riots reopened it.