The Delhi High Court termed the Hashimpura massacre a targeted killing of defenceless people by the police.

Hashimpura massacre convicts awarded life term

Protest demanding justice in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI file)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 42 Muslims were killed at Hashimpura in Uttar Pradesh
  • Trial took place at Tees Hazari Court of Delhi
  • Three of 19 accused died during trial, rest were acquitted by lower court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday overturned the judgment of the trial court in Hashimpura massacre case. The high court has sentenced 16 former policemen of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) to life imprisonment for killing 42 people.

The mass murder took place 31 years ago at Hashimpura near Meerut. All the victims were Muslims. The killings took place on May 2 in 1987 and 19 PAC personnel were made accused in the primary trial that took place at the Tees Hazari Court in Delhi.

Three accused died during the trial. The trial court ruled in 2015 that killings took place but the accused could not be proven guilty of the crime. They were acquitted by the court.

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel reversed the trial court’s verdict. All 16 former PAC personnel were held guilty of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and destruction of evidence.

The high court termed the massacre “targeted killing” of unarmed and defenceless people by the police. The court imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of the convicts.

he HC, which was hearing appeals filed by Uttar Pradesh, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and private parties including Zulfiqar Nasir, a survivor of the massacre, had reserved its verdict in the case on September 6.

PTI

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