Delhi Court Sentences 5 to Life Imprisonment for 1984 Murder

June 7, 2005 | Comments Off on Delhi Court Sentences 5 to Life Imprisonment for 1984 Murder

Over twenty years after the November 1984 pogroms, a Delhi Court sentenced five men to life imprisonment for the murder of Baba Singh:

Additional Sessions Judge N K Kaushik, found Rajinder, Pyarelal, Dharam Pal, Rajbir and Barumal guilty under Section 302 of IPC (murder) for killing one Baba Singh by setting him ablaze after pouring kerosene.

The incident took place on November 1, 1984 when the five dragged the deceased out of his home in Nangloi in West Delhi into the street, poured kerosene on him and set him ablaze.

An FIR in the case was lodged only on July 2, 1996, when the widow of the deceased, Kuldeep Kaur, approached the Lt Governor after running pillar to post demanding justice for 12 years.

In its report, Twenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India, ENSAAF discusses the magnitude of the crimes and how grave lapses in police investigations, delays in filing cases, the failure to identify and investigate prosecution witnesses, the deliberate misrecording of witness statements, and the failure to comply with legal procedures precluded effective prosecutions against major perpetrators. The report analyzes thousands of pages of previously unavailable and secret affidavits, government records and arguments submitted to the 1985 Misra Commission, established to examine the Sikh Massacres in Delhi, Kanpur, and Bokaro. The report reveals the systematic and organized manner in which state institutions, such as the Delhi Police, and Congress (I) officials perpetrated mass murder in November 1984 and later justified the violence in inquiry proceedings.


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