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1984 anti-Sikh riots: 3 convicted get life term


New Delhi, May 9: Three convicted of murdering during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were given life-term imprisonment on Thursday. Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was acquitted on April 30 in the same case and it had led to widespread protests in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The CBI had sought death sentence for Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal while Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokkar were given a two-year and a three-year sentence, respectively, for rioting.

The court while acquitting Kumar had held Balwan Khokkar, an ex-councillor, Yadav, an ex-MLA and the others guilty of being involved in the murder of five Sikhs during the riots.

Thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed in November 1984 in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, by her armed bodyguards on October 31 that year.

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