Sixteen former policemen, who were earlier acquitted, have been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Hashimpura mass murder case on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
The Delhi High Court set aside the trial court’s decision of acquitting the police personnel calling the Hashimpura massacre as a “targeted killing” of defenceless and unarmed people.
The Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) convicted killed 42 people of the minority community in Hashimpura during the Meerut riots. A charge sheet was filed against them in 1996.
“This is a case of targeted killing of members of the minority community by state forces. The statements of the accused prove their presence beyond reasonable doubt. The compensation paid and conviction after 31 years is still a miscarriage of justice for the victims,” the court said.
The sixteen PAC was convicted by the high court of kidnapping, murder, conspiracy, and destruction of evidence in the Hashimpura massacre.
“Family of the victims had to wait 31 years to get justice, and monetary relief cannot compensate their loss”, observed the High Court bench of Justice Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel while delivering the judgment