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Everything you need to know about 1987 Hashimpura massacre

Devdiscourse News Desk new delhi India
Updated: 31-10-2018 15:05 IST
Everything you need to know about 1987 Hashimpura massacre

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The following is the chronology of events relating to 1987 Hashimpura Massacre case leading up to the Delhi High Court on Wednesday sentencing 16 ex-policemen to life imprisonment for killing 42 people of a minority community in Uttar Pradesh.

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

- Victims later shot and bodies thrown into a canal. 42 persons declared dead.

- 1988: UP government orders CB-CID probe in the case.

- February 1994: CB-CID submits inquiry report indicting over 60 PAC and police personnel of all ranks.

- May 20, 1996: Charge sheet filed against 19 accused before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghaziabad by CB-CID of Uttar Pradesh police. 161 people listed as witnesses.

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

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

- March 8, 2013: Trial court dismisses Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking probe into the alleged role of P Chidambaram, then Minister of State for Home, in the matter.

- January 22, 2015: Trial court reserves judgement.

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

- May 18: Trial court decision challenged in the Delhi HC by the victims' families and eyewitnesses who survived the incident.

- May 29: HC issues notice to the 16 PAC personnel on Uttar Pradesh government's appeal against the trial court verdict.

- December: National Human Rights Commission is impleaded in the matter. NHRC also seeks further probe into the massacre.

- February 17, 2016: HC tags Swamy's appeal with the other petitions in the matter.

- September 6, 2018: Delhi HC reserves verdict in the case.

- October 31: Delhi HC convicts 16 former PAC personnel for life after finding them guilty of the murder of 42 people.

(With inputs from agencies.)