Hashimpura Acquittal disappointing: Popular Front

Popular Front of India chairman K M Shareef in a statement expressed disappointment over the Delhi trial court verdict which acquitted all 16 accused Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case. When the policemen under UP government who have killed 42 Muslims in cold blood after picking up from a village in Meerut during a communal incident are absolved of their crime of mass murder even after 28 years, it gives a very wrong message in the context of increasing police violence against Muslims. Shareef blamed the state government and the prosecution for facilitating a verdict in favour of the PAC by hiding evidences.
It is injustice that while death penalties are awarded in some cases despite no evidence only to satisfy collective consciousness, the criminals within the system are let free even in cases of cold blooded massacres. Such verdicts will definitely affect people’s faith in Judiciary.
KM Shareef pointed out that Hamshimpura incident has become one of the hundreds of anti-Muslim violence in which culprits still remain scot-free.

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