New Delhi: In connection with 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Karkardooma Court in Delhi on Monday pronounced its verdict against accused Mahesh Chand.

Additional Sessions Judge PS Teji sentenced the convict to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 along with two years of additional imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine. The verdict came in the wake of testimony by Vidya Kaur and her two sons, Kuljeet and Surjeet.

Vidya, who is a resident of Trilokpuri area of East Delhi, had submitted her affidavit before Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission on September 9, 1985. In her affidavit, she stated that on November 1, 1984 a group of people mobbed the area and killed her husband Jaswant Singh, his nephew Anokha Singh, his friend Satnam Singh and a neighbour Bhajan Singh and they even burnt their bodies.

Although she and her two sons were eyewitnesses to this episode, they went underground due to fear of their own lives, she said.

On her testimony, the commission had asked the Kalyanpuri police station to lodge a case against constable Aamir Khan, security guard Mahesh Chand alias Dabbu and Baleswar.

On January 30, 1997, due to lack of evidence, the Sessions Court acquitted Mange Ram and Amir Khan. Mahesh was convicted in the case for the second time as the Delhi High Court, on an appeal by him against his conviction earlier, had directed trial court to hear it afresh.

Mahesh was earlier convicted and sentenced to life term in January 1997 in the case along with one Baleshwar, who died of cancer two years back.

JPN/ Bureau