India has delivered its first death sentence for the murder of the Sikhs

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Photostatically Sikh daggerIndia has delivered its first death sentence for the murder of the Sikhs© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Pakhomov

The court in new Delhi handed down the first death sentence in the case of mass killings of Sikhs in riots that gripped India after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, reports channel NDTV.

On Tuesday, a verdict was rendered against two defendants accused of murder in Mahipalpur – southern district of the Indian capital. One of them was sentenced to capital punishment, the other to life imprisonment.

A case of murder was transferred to the court by the special investigation Commission, established in 2015, after many of the court cases on the killings of Sikhs had been closed, and the defendants acquitted.

Indira Gandhi was killed on 31 October 1984 by her bodyguards Sikhs, angered by the assault troops in June of the same year, the Golden temple Sikh Shrine in Amritsar, where entrenched separatists. The next day in Delhi and some other cities started killing Sikhs. According to government estimates, only 35 received thousands of applications from victims. According to official figures, killed about 3.3 thousand people. In the organization of the pogroms of Sikhs were blamed on activists of the incumbent party the Indian national Congress (INC).