NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said 1984 anti-Sikh riot culprits must be punished irrespective of identity. He was speaking about the alleged insecurities among minorities in the country.
"I am very clear on 1984 that anybody, regardless of where he comes from, if he has harmed members of the minority community, he should be punished”, said Rahul Gandhi.
He was speaking in an exclusive interview to Gulf News, ahead of his maiden visit to UAE. Gandhi is on two days tour of UAE on January 11 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on January 12.
"We will punish those who think that they can get away by crushing India. They should not be under the impression that they can crush the weak people. I am very clear on 1984 that anybody, regardless of where he comes from, if he has harmed members of the minority community, he should be punished”, he asserted.
“The legal system will make sure that the justice is done in 1984 cases and we will allow the justice system to work. The legal structure that we have, the laws that we have, are good enough to deal with the problems as long as institutions like the Supreme Court are free to do their work.", he added.
Earlier, a Delhi court had awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh for killing two men in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on November 20, 2018.
This is the first time a convict has been handed the death sentence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the cases were reopened by the SIT in 2015.
Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey also awarded life term to Naresh Sherawat, who was co-convict in the case. Both convicts have also been fined with Rs 35 lakh each.
Yashpal and Naresh were convicted of murdering two men in Delhi's Mahipalpur area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
On November 14, the court had convicted Singh and Sherawat for killing two men here during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Earlier the Delhi Police had closed the case in 1994 for want of evidence. However, a Special Investigation Team on the riots reopened it.