1987 Hashimpura Massacre Case: Delhi High Court Sentences 16 Ex-Cops To Life Imprisonment

| October 31 , 2018 , 14:22 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sentenced life imprisonment to 16 ex-policemen of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for killing 42 people in the of a minority community in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case in Merrut.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel set aside a March 2015 the trial court verdict giving the 16 PAC personnel the benefit of doubt and acquiting them.

It is learnt that the high court convicted 16 former Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel for murder and of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence under the Indian Penal Code. There were originally 19 accused but three had died during the trial.

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It termed the massacre "targeted killing" of unarmed and defenceless people by the police.

The killings took place during a riot in Meerut when the victims were picked up from the Hashimpura neighbourhood by the 41st Battalion of the PAC during a search operation.

The charge sheet was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Ghaziabad in 1996.

The case was transferred to Delhi in September 2002 on the order of the Supreme Court following a petition by the families of the massacre victims and survivors.

A sessions court here in July 2006 framed charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy against all the accused.