21, Oct 2015
The bench is in the process of hearing appeals against the acquittal of the PAC personnel, who were allegedly responsible for the murder of 42 Muslim men during communal tensions in Meerut in 1987.
By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2015 2:34 am
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the UP Police and the 16 UP PAC personnel accused of involvement in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre on a plea filed by the eyewitnesses in the case seeking protection.
The bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and R K Gauba granted three weeks to the UP government and the 16 PAC personnel, who were acquitted by the trial court in March this year, to respond to the notice.
The eyewitnesses in their plea claimed that they were “living with deep rooted fear” of reprisals and other witnesses, including the driver of the truck allegedly used in the incident, had not deposed correctly during the trial due to the fear.
They said that they “can reveal true facts provided they are given protection”. The plea, filed through advocate Mushtaq Ahmed, sought court orders to “protect and re-examine injured eyewitnesses and other vital witnesses” who had “intentionally not been called by the prosecution in the trial”.