Why It’s Unlikely That Political Heavyweights Will be Punished for 1984 and 2002

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Why It’s Unlikely That Political Heavyweights Will be Punished for 1984 and 2002

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hirty-four long years after the anti-Sikh pogrom took place across north India, a Delhi court delivered the death sentence to an accused in the case. Yashpal Singh was sentenced to capital punishment, while his accomplice Naresh Sherawat received life imprisonment, for killing two men in Delhi’s Mahipalpur during the violence that took place in 1984.

Who are Singh and Sherawat? According to an NDTV report, Singh was a transporter while Sherawat worked in the Mahipalpur post office. They seem like ordinary men, but on November 1, 1984, they were part of a rabid, seething mob that hunted down, tortured, and killed two Sikh men, Avatar Singh and Hardev Singh.

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