3 get life term in anti-Sikh riots case

A Delhi court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to three persons for attempting to murder members of a Sikh family here in 1984 anti-Sikh riots and came down heavily on “contrived inaction” of the police and the government of the day which led to loss of “priceless lives”.

Indicting the Delhi Police, the court said “instead of showing their allegiance to the rule of law, our Constitution and the oath taken by them, a better part of their course was found toeing line of their political rulers”.

Convicts Mangal Sen alias Billa, Brij Mohan Verma and Bhagat Singh, were also fined Rs 6.20 lakh by Additional Sessions Judge Surinder S Rathi after being held guilty of attempt to murder, rioting, dacoity in Shastri Nagar, north Delhi. The court slammed the Delhi police and the government for its inability to tackle the riots.

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