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Hashimpura massacre: 16 cops accused of killing 42 Muslims, acquitted

Hashimpura massacre: 16 cops accused of killing 42 Muslims, acquitted
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Jindal acquitted 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel of the charges dealing with murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

The court gave them the benefit of doubt and said lack of evidence has failed to establish their identification in the case. There were 19 accused in the case. However, three of them died during the trial.

The killings had allegedly occurred during riots in Meerut when the victims were picked up from Hashimpura Mohalla by personnel of the 41st Battalion of the PAC during a search operation.

The chargesheet in the case 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.
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