Congressman Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 Sikh massacre case, handed life term

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Monday was convicted by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 Sikh massacre case and was handed a life imprisonment sentence.

The court asked Sajjan Kumar to surrender by December 31 and has ordered him not to leave the city. Kumar, 73, was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar in Delhi.

“It is important to assure the victims that despite the challenges truth will prevail,” the High Court said, referring to the courage of Jagdish Kaur, the victim who had fought for action against Sajjan Kumar and others. “The aftershock of those atrocities is still being felt,” said the court.

At least 3,000 people were killed by mobs after the assassination in November, 1984, of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

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