India: Ex-policemen get life term for 1987 massacre of Muslims

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A court in India has sentenced 16 retired policemen to life imprisonment for murdering 42 Muslim menin Hashimpura village in Uttar Pradesh state’s Meerut district in 1987.

On Wednesday, a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel at the Delhi High Court reversed a lower court’s verdict, which had acquitted the accused.

The judges called the massacre a “targeted killing” of unarmed and defenceless Muslims by the police.