Sajjan Kumar surrenders in anti-Sikh riots case

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New Delhi:   Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar surrendered before a Delhi court on Monday to serve the life sentence awarded to him by Delhi High Court in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The high court had set a deadline of December 31 for Kumar to surrender and on December 21 declined his plea to extend the time by a month.

Kumar, 73, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the conviction and life sentence awarded to him by the high court on December 17.

Besides Kumar, the others convicted were former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal and Girdhari Lal.

After his conviction, Kumar resigned from the Congress.

The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

The riots had broken out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her two Sikh bodyguards.

In its judgment, the high court noted that over 2,700 Sikhs were killed in the national capital during the 1984 riots which was indeed a “carnage of unbelievable proportions”. (Agencies)

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