Chronology: 1987 Hashimpura massacre

In 1987, 42 Muslims were killed by Provincial Armed Constabulary in two massacres in Ghaziabad district.

By: Press Trust of India | Published:March 21, 2015 10:14 pm
The Army had forced all the residents of Hashimpura out of their homes onto the road, and searched their homes. (Source: Praveen Jain) The Army had forced all the residents of Hashimpura out of their homes onto the road, and searched their homes. (Source: Praveen Jain)

Following is the chronology of events relating to 1987 Hashimpura Massacre case in which a Delhi court on Saturday acquitted 16 persons, giving them benefit of doubt:

May 22, 1987: 50 Muslims picked up allegedly by Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel from Hashimpura village in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

May, 1987: Victims shot and bodies thrown into canal. 42 persons declared dead.

1996: Charge sheet filed against 19 accused before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghaziabad by CB-CID of Uttar Pradesh police. 161 people listed as witnesses.

Sept 2002: Case transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court on petition by the families of victims and survivors.

Jul 2006: Delhi court frames charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy under the IPC against 17 accused.

Jan 22, 2015: Court reserves judgement for February 21.

Feb 21: Court defers verdict as it was not ready.

Mar 21: Court acquits 16 surviving accused giving them benefit of doubt regarding their identity.

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    Annu
    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm
    its shameful for Indian Judiciery System...
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      M. Ismail
      Apr 2, 2015 at 11:39 am
      It is very shameful judgement. 161 witnesses and still benefit of doubt to the culprits.
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        Lakshmi
        Mar 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm
        Mik, Don't vomit here pl. I want to know the cause for this and which secular party was ruling Bihar. Period.
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          Lakshmi
          Mar 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm
          Pl explain what happened before May 1987 and which party/CM was ruling Bihar. Half baked information is dangerous.
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            Moaz Hassan
            Mar 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm
            i hope Mehmood madani should be having answer for this !!!!!!!! Agent of the government !!!!!!!!!!!!
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              Sajad Padder
              Mar 22, 2015 at 8:55 am
              161 witnesses and 'benefit of doubt', it is mockery indeed, indicative of the present 'state of nature' in India.
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                Husen Shaikh
                Apr 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm
                Shame. Shame. Shame . Our. JUDICIARY SYSTEM. JUSTICE. dela and denied to families of muslims being murdered cruelly for. No fault of them. What a democracy .! Majorities kill. Monorities.
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                  AZIZ
                  Mar 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm
                  What sort of justice is this, and that also by the apex court, what has happened to our judiciary system, why is it getting influence by the some things else other than the consution, not acceptable.
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                    KKK
                    Mar 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm
                    In this case it is clear that approx 40 innocent people were killed in cold blood. So I guess court should reprimand the investigation agency why they were not able produce solid evidence and why it took 28 years to investigate. If these 16 are not killer who are they? that's mean anyone with power and money can do anything and walkout free ? ONE THE BIGGEST FAILURE OF OUR JUDICIARY SYSTEM!!!!!
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