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Chronology of events: From fatal attack to death penalty 

New Delhi, November 20

Following is the chronology of events that led to conviction and the awarding of capital punishment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which Yashpal Singh was given death penalty and co-convict Naresh Sherawat imprisoned to life on Tuesday.

Nov 1, 1984: Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh were attacked and killed by a violent mob in the Mahipalpur area of South Delhi during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Feb 23, 1985: Charge sheet filed against one Jai Pal Singh  

May 1985: Justice Ranganath Misra Commission formed.

Sep 9, 1985: Affidavit filed by Santokh Singh, brother of Hardev Singh before Justice Rangnath Misra Commission and investigation was conducted by Anti-Riot Cell of Delhi Police.   

Dec 20, 1986: Jai Pal Singh was acquitted.

1993: A case was registered at Vasant Kunj police station on the recommendation of Justice J D Jain and D K Aggarwal committee based on Singh’s affidavit.

Feb 9, 1994: Delhi Police could not gather evidence to prosecute any accused and after investigation, an untraced (closure) report was filed which was accepted by the court.

Feb 12, 2015: Ministry of Home Affairs constitutes SIT for reinvestigating the 1984 riots.

Aug 27, 2016: SIT publishes a public notice in leading newspapers of Punjab and Delhi requesting people acquainted with the facts of the case to give evidence about it.

Jan 31, 2017: SIT files its charge sheet naming Naresh Sherawat and Yahspal Singh and cites 18 witnesses in total.

Nov 14, 2018: Court convicts Singh and Sherawat for killing two men in the 1984 riots.

Nov 15: Court reserves order on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to two persons for killing two men.

Nov 20: A Delhi court awards death penalty to convict Yashpal, the first capital punishment in the case and gives life term to Sherawat. 

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