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Prosecution bases final argument on official accounts, forensic reports

Tamta then read depositions of top Uttar Pradesh government officials to establish that the truck entered 41st Vahini, PAC, Ghaziabad.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | October 30, 2014 1:41:25 am

A Delhi court on Tuesday began the final arguments in the 27-year old Hashimpura massacre case. The special prosecutor, based on circumstantial and direct evidence, argued for prosecution of 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for allegedly killing about 42 Muslim men.

Special Prosecutor Satish Tamta began his argument on circumstantial evidence of kidnapping of the Muslim men from Meerut’s Hashimpura Mohalla.

He based his argument on testimonies of 14 witnesses to the incidents at Hindol Canal and Upper Ganga Canal Murad Nagar, where wounded persons and bodies were recovered.

Tamta then read depositions of top Uttar Pradesh government officials to establish that the truck entered 41st Vahini, PAC, Ghaziabad.

He read out depositions of then District Magistrate of Ghaziabad Naseem Zaidi, Superintendent of Police V N Rai and four other officials.

“These are testimonies of very senior officials. Looking at the nature of duties assigned and the positions they held, it is not believable that they will make any false allegation,” he said.

The special prosecutor then corroborated the scientific evidence in the case. To establish the movement of the truck from Hashimpura mohalla to the PAC Ghaziabad, the prosecutor referred to the vehicle’s running register.

The prosecutor also argued that reports of Central Forensic Science Laboratory and a ballistic expert show that a depression was found in the truck due to a “projectile”, which indicates shooting inside the vehicle.

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