- The Delhi High Court bench has reversed the trial court’s verdict and sent 16 former jawans to life imprisonment, holding them guilty of murder in the 1987 Hashimpura Massacre case.
- About Hashimpura Massacre:
- This incident took place 31 years ago at Hashimpura near Meerut.
- 42 to 45 elderly men and boys belonging to the Muslim community were rounded up by the PAC personnel, packed into a truck and taken away.
- 38 of them were later shot dead and the bodies were thrown into the Gang nahar (canal) and Hindon river.
- Five of them survived to recount the horror.
- The 19 PAC personnel were made accused in the primary trial that took place at the Tees Hazari Court in Delhi.
- However the trial court ruled in 2015 that killings took place but the accused could not be proven guilty of the crime and were acquitted by the court.
- The Delhi High Court reversed the trial court’s verdict and 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 also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of the convicts.