A few days after the kin of victims in the Hashimpura massacre case approached the high court against a trial court order acquitting the 16 PAC personnel accused in the case, the UP government also filed an appeal before the high court against the acquittal.
A bench of Delhi High Court comprising Justices G S Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal on Friday issued notice to 16 policemen on the Uttar Pradesh government’s plea against the trial court verdict acquitting them of murder charges and other crimes in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case.
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Earlier, the court had issued notices to the UP government and the accused to reply by July 21 on a plea filed by the kin of victims and NHRC which sought a further probe in the matter.
The government, in its appeal, said that there are “lapses” in the trial court’s findings. The plea also states that the trial court had not taken into account the legal provision that for cases of custodial death, “strict adherence and insistence upon establishment of proof beyond every reasonable doubt is improper.”
On March 21, a trial court gave the benefit of doubt and acquitted the 16 ex-Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel accused of killing 42 people in Meerut, saying lack of evidence failed to establish their identification in the case.
According to the prosecution, the PAC personnel came to Hashimpura village on May 22, 1987, and picked up nearly 50 Muslims as over 500 had gathered outside a mosque there