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Hashimpura massacre: Court records statements of 5 witnesses

A Delhi court has recorded statements of five witnesses in Hashimpura massacre case in which they accused Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel of killing 42 persons in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh in 1987.



New Delhi: A Delhi court has recorded
statements of five witnesses in Hashimpura massacre case in
which they accused Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC)
personnel of killing 42 persons in Meerut district of Uttar
Pradesh in 1987.

Additional Sessions Judge Manu Rai Sethi recorded the
testimony of five persons including Tanveer, Zafar, Sher Ali
and Farduddin who hailed from Meerut district.

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

According to the prosecution, the victims were shot at by
the accused personnel and their bodies were thrown into a
canal. As many as 42 persons were declared to have perished in
the massacre.

19 persons were named as accused but charges were
brought against 17 of them by the court here in 2006 as the
case was transferred to the national capital on a direction of
the Supreme Court. Three accused had died during the trial.

All the 16 accused, except one, are out on bail in the
case.

The CB-CID of Uttar Pradesh police, which investigated the
case, listed 161 persons as witnesses, out of which 63 had
already been examined.

-PTI

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