<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Decades after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, two persons who allegedly incited a mob of 800-1,000 people to kill two people and injure others stand to face trial, after a Delhi court framed charges against them. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey put Naresh Sehrawat and Yash Pal Singh to trial, after the SIT constituted by the Narendra Modi-led government in 2015 booked them for provoking the mob in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur area. “There is prima facie sufficient material on record to frame charges against both the accused,” the court stated.The case pertains to the riots that broke after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard. On this date in 1984, the mob allegedly incited by Sehrawat and Yash Pal killed Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh and left several others injured. “That on November 1, 1984, at 9 am, both of you (Sehrawat and Yash Pal) were a part of a rioting mob of 800-1,000 persons who were armed with iron rods, sticks, danda, hockey sticks, stones, and kerosene oil. And both of you, in pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, broke open the door and window of Surjeet Kumar’s room,” the court said, while framing the charges against the duo. In 1993, the case was re-opened on the statement of one Santokh Singh, a resident of Khalsa Kirana Store in Mahipalpur. Singh, before the Ranganath Mishra Commission of Inquiry, which was constituted on the recommendation of Justice DK Jain and DK Agarwal Committee, had said that the accused had incited the mob.But, during the hearing in the court, he admitted that he was not an eye-witness and that whatever he had deposed in the affidavit before the Mishra Commission was on the basis of what the villagers of Mahipalpur had told him. The police, thereafter, filed an untraceable report. The case was again re-opened by the SIT, which took the statement of the deceased’s brother, who was also injured in the same attack and was an eye-witness.
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