33 years on, massacre of 42 Muslim men by UP cops in Ramadan still haunts villagers

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May 22, 2020

It has been 33 years since the night of 22 May, 1987 when nearly 50 Muslim men from Hashimpura, a settlement in Meerut were rounded up and packed into the rear of a truck of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), an armed police of Uttar Pradesh. It was the blessed month of Ramadan and all the Muslims were fasting.

That night 42 of those on board the truck were killed in two massacres in neighbouring Ghaziabad district. One along the Upper Ganga canal near Muradnagar, the other along the Hindon canal in Makanpur, on the border with Delhi.

The cops had returned home after dumping the dead bodies into the canal. A few days later, the dead bodies were found floating in the canal and a case of murder was registered. 

Vir Bahadur Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister of India when this incident took place. 

Not much has changed for the survivors and the relatives of the victims even today. The wounds are still fresh. Hashimpura remains devoid of basic municipal amenities, the erring silence on the narrow lanes of the locality amid the activities of a daily life speaks of the horror of the fateful day in 1987.

The massacre was the result of one among the many outcomes of the decision taken by the Rajiv Gandhi government to open the locks of Babri Masjid. After a month of rioting, the situation was tense in various parts of Meerut, and a lot spilled over in the nearby areas.

Timeline

May 22, 1987

Nearly 50 Muslims picked up by the 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, 2015

Court acquits 16 surviving accused giving them benefit of doubt regarding their identity.

May 18, 2015

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

May 29, 2015

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

December 2015

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, 2018

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

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September 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 21: Thousands of farmers descended to Bengaluru on Monday morning protesting against the state government's proposed amendment to the Land Reforms Act, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Electricity Act in the ongoing monsoon session of the state legislature. Taking out a massive protest rally from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station to Vidhana Soudha, the farmers were stopped near Freedom Park by the police.

Venting their ire against the state government and its anti-farmer policies, thousands of farmers sat on Sheshadri Road shouting slogans against the state government. The farmers will stage protest day and night till the completion of the state legislature's monsoon session. Addressing the farmers, Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha State President Kodihalli Chandrashekhar said that they will fight day and night till the government drops amendments to the Acts.

“Both the state and central government are taking anti-agriculture and anti-farmer policies and we will continue our protest against such decisions,” he said. Adding further he reacted, “The proposed amendments at the behest of various corporate and multi-national companies will spell doom for the agrarian sector and farm community. Farmers will be deprived of their land and right for better price for their agricultural commodities. We appeal to the governments to drop these amendments in the interest of the farming community.”

The All Karnataka Sugarcane Growers Association headed by Kurubur Shanthakumar has also participated in the protest rally. Chandrashekhar cautioned that all these years the successive governments kept assuring the farming community. “We will not go back with assurances this time and will not move away till our demands are met,” he said.

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September 29,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 29: Slamming BJP MP Tejasvi Surya over his recent comments that Bengaluru has become the "epicentre of terror activities", former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said the remark is a disgrace to the city, which "does not belong to militants".

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader further said that the statement was even an "insult to senior BJP leaders" and demanded an apology from the "concerned BJP leader".

"Some people having links with terrorist organisations were caught after the D J Halli incident. Our criticism must be against them... not the home of millions of people... Bengaluru does not belong to militants, it is ours... Bengaluru is our pride," Kumaraswamy's tweet in Kannada read.

He was referring to an incident of mob violence on August 11 when over 3,000 people went on a rampage, torching the residences of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy and his sister Jayanthi, besides D J Halli and K J Halli police stations in Bengaluru.

Without naming the BJP leader, he added, "The insult made by some commentators within the BJP that Bengaluru is a centre of terror activities is a disgrace to the city. I saw in media how CM B S Yeddyurappa struggled to justify such a statement, during a press conference on Monday. This slanderous statement is an insult to the senior BJP leaders as well."

A day after becoming the president of the of BJP's youth wing on September 26, Surya had said that Bengaluru has become an epicentre of terror activities and that he has urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to set up a permanent division of the National Investigation Agency.

The statement drew sharp criticism from the Opposition. Earlier, Congress' D K Shivakumar had asked the BJP to sack him from his new post.

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September 24,2020

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Udupi, Sep 24: A youth was hacked to death by a gang of miscreants at Hiriyadka in Udupi district in broad daylight today.

The deceased has been identified Kishan Hegde (34), a resident of Inna village in Udupi. He was said to be a rowdy-sheeter.

The incident took place when Kishan and another person were travelling in a car. They were chased by a gang on Udupi-Karkala highway and intercepted at Hiriyadka.

The gang escaped on the road leading towards Karkala after killing Kishan and damaging his car.

If sources are to be believed, some of the miscreants involved in the crime hailed from Kodikere, Mangaluru.

A case has been registered at jurisdictional police station and investigations are going on. Police have intensified checking on some routes to nab the culprits.

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