In 2006, nineteen people had been accused of the massacre that had taken place in Hashimpura of Meerut (U.P) in 1987. Out of 19 accused, 17 had to face trial on account of the charges framed under the IPC and rest two were discharged. However one person died during trial and the remaining 16 had to face charges of murder, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and compromising evidence. In 2015, the trial Court acquitted these 16 men of any of these charges affording them the ‘benefit of doubt’.
The case was taken up by the High Court in furtherance of pleas that had challenged the order of the trial Court. While calling it the “targeted killing” of a defenseless minority, the Delhi High Court has reversed the order of the lower Court. The bench comprising of Justices S. Murlidhar and Vinod Goel has sentenced the 16 accused [former policemen] to life imprisonment founding them guilty of mass murder of 42 people of a minority community. Furthermore , the Court held that evidence on record was ‘clinching’ and sufficient in proving their culpability beyond a reasonable doubt.
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