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Condemn Acquittal in Hashimpura Massacre

Condemn Acquittal in Hashimpura Massacre

On 21 March 2015, a Delhi sessions court accepted that Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel had committed the 1987 murders at Hashimpura, but acquitted the policemen charged on account of insufficient evidence. Twenty-eight years after the brutal massacre of Muslims by state forces, the guilty in uniform have not been identified and are roaming free.

Nine years after the incident, in 1996, the charge sheet was filed by the Uttar Pradesh CB-CID. In 2002, families of the victims and survivors petitioned the Supreme Court to transfer the case to Delhi. In 2006 charges were framed by the Delhi sessions court against 19 accused. Finally, nine years later, the court pronounced its judgment, acquitting 16 of them, whilst the three remaining had died in the meantime. For relief and rehabilitation, the court has directed
the matter to the District Legal Services Authority.

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