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Congress leader jailed for life in anti-Sikh riots case

December 18, 2018

Sajjan Kumar, a Congress Party leader has been found guilty and sentenced to life in jail for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by the Delhi High Court. The court also cancelled an earlier court order acquitting him.

73-year-old Kumar has been held guilty for killing five members of a family in Delhi. He has been asked to surrender by 31 December.

The court said,

It is important to assure the victims that despite the challenges truth will prevail. - Delhi High Court

About 3,000 people were killed in 1984 by mobs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Many witnesses and survivors said Congress leaders led the mobs targeting Sikhs. Sajjan Kumar is the first top leader of the Congress party to be convicted.

The court said, that "the aftershock of those atrocities is still being felt. Criminals have enjoyed political patronage."

Among those who celebrated the decision was Tirlep Kaur, who saw her father being burnt alive by She wept that justice finally came after 34 years.

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the verdict and said, "it has been a very long and painful wait for innocent victims who were murdered by those in power. Nobody involved in any riot should be allowed to escape no matter how powerful the individual maybe."

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