1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar to surrender today.
Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar will surrender today before Karkardooma Court or Tihar jail authorities in New Delhi to undergo life imprisonment awarded to him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The Delhi High Court on December 17 found Sajjan Kumar guilty in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sentenced to jail "for the remainder of his natural life". Mr Kumar was convicted in the killing of five members of a family in Raj Nagar and the torching of a gurdwara in Delhi on November 1, 1984. At least 3,000 people were killed in the riots. Sajjan Kumar, a former MP from Delhi, is the first big leader of the party to be convicted.
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Dec 31, 201808:33 (IST)
Sajjan Kumar, who was awarded life sentence by Delhi High Court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, to surrender before Karkardooma Court or Tihar jail authorities today.
Dec 31, 201808:31 (IST)
- The 73-year-old was in the Congress for over four decades.
- In the last few years, he had been sidelined by the party over allegations that he had led blood-thirsty mobs targeting Sikhs in Delhi after the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
- Sajjan Kumar's first election victory was as a municipal councilor in 1977.
- He won his first Lok Sabha election from the Outer Delhi constituency and retained it in two subsequent elections.
- In 2009, the Congress refused to field him as a candidate, accused by the BJP of "shielding" its 1984 riots accused leaders.
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