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Sikh Acquitted of Gandhi Plot

March 20, 1986|Associated Press

NEW YORK — A federal jury today acquitted a Sikh computer expert of plotting to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi but found him guilty of two lesser charges.

After 15 hours of deliberations, the jury found Gurpartap Singh Birk innocent of plotting to assassinate Gandhi during his U.S. visit last June and trying to hire a hit man to kill him. The panel found Birk guilty of planning a "military expedition" against India and of conspiring to obtain explosives illegally. Birk could be sentenced to a maximum of eight years in prison on the two convictions.

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