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January 22, 1986

A Sikh bodyguard was convicted of murdering Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, and his two Sikh co-defendants were found guilty of conspiracy, defense attorney Rupinder Sodhi reported. Satwant Singh was convicted of murder by Judge Mahesh Chandra, who heard the case without a jury, and two other Sikhs--Balbir Singh, a police guard at the prime minister's residence, and Kehar Singh, a civil servant--were found guilty of conspiracy. Earlier, Sikh militants and moderates set aside a dispute on reconstruction of a key section of the sacred Golden Temple of Amritsar. The Press Trust of India reported that the factions agreed to form a committee of Sikh religious leaders on the rebuilding of the Akal Tahkt, damaged when the army attacked the shrine in 1984.

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