AAP criticises Hashimpura case verdict

The Aam Aadmi Party and civil society organisations have criticised acquittal in the Hashimpura massacre case in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.

They have termed it as “miscarriage” of justice.

All 16 accused of the case were let free by a judgement in Tis Hazari Court on Saturday. They belonged to Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of Uttar Pradesh and were suspected of massacring 42 people from minority community.

“In a clear case of miscarriage of justice, the acquittal of suspects chargesheeted and undergoing trial in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre of minority community has come as a shock to every citizen having faith in the justice system of the country,” said Aam Aadmi Party in a statement.

 “The abortion of justice in the Hashimpura case is due to a weak prosecution put forward by the state,” alleged the AAP.

“The court has given benefit of doubt to the accused regarding their identification and not regarding the incident. Hence justice stands a clear chance if pursued with proper will”, the party suggested. 

Criticising the verdict, the All India People’s Forum (AIPF) said, “The acquittal of the accused UP PAC personnel in the Hashimpura massacre case of 1987 is shocking and condemnable. The massacre is shameful evidence of rampant custodial violence compounded by communalisation of the state machinery,” said the All India People’s Forum (AIPF) in statement.  

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