Three Men Who Killed Sikhs Jailed for Life

April 8, 2007

Source: Gulf News

Wire Service: Reuters

New Delhi: A court sentenced three men to life in prison yesterday for murdering a Sikh constable, his son and son-in-law during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots sparked by the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Nearly 3,000 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed in the riots in New Delhi in retaliation against Gandhi's murder by her Sikh bodyguards. But there have been been few convictions.

Hans Raj Bhardwaj, 62, Ram Prakash Tiwari, 58, and Jagdish Giri, 65 - all Hindus - were part of a mob that killed constable Niranjan Singh and ransacked his home, the court said.

They returned a day later with swords to kill Singh's son and son-in-law in front of his widow, Harminder Kaur.