Hashimpura massacre: 4 witnesses record their statements

A Delhi court today recorded statements of four witnesses who narrated how 42 members of Muslim community were killed after being picked up by PAC personnel from a village in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh in 1987.

Updated: May 17, 2010, 20:03 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today recorded
statements of four witnesses who narrated how 42 members of
Muslim community were killed after being picked up by
Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel from a village
in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh in 1987.

Additional Sessions Judge Manu Rai Sethi recorded the
versions of Sirajuddin, Abdul Gaffar, Abdul Hamid and the then
Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Law and Order G L Sharma in the
on-going trial against 16 accused.

"We were asked to come out of our houses. We were made to
sit on the main road and then aged and children were asked to
take another side. Later, people were picked up and made to
sit in the truck," Sirajuddin testified, adding he, however,
managed to escape.

According to the prosecution, PAC personnel had come to
village Hashimpura on May 22, 1987, and picked up about 50
Muslims as a congregation of 500 had gathered outside a mosque
there.

The victims were shot at by the accused personnel and
their bodies were thrown into a canal. 42 persons were
declared to have perished in the massacre, it alleged.

In his cross examination, Sirajuddin, recording his
versions as 65th prosecution witness, said the communal riots
had taken place in the area around three and four days prior
to the incident.

In the examination by Special Public Prosecutor S Akbar A
Abdi, two other prosecution witnesses Abdul Gaffar and Abdul
Hamid deposed that they were beaten up on the fateful day by
the PAC personnel after being asked to come out of their
homes.

-PTI