By Muslim Mirror Desk
Since 2017, Muzaffarnagar courts have delivered verdicts in 41 cases linked to the riots — and delivered a conviction in just one case of murder. All the 40 acquittals have come in cases involving attacks on Muslims, reported The Indian Express.
The one conviction came on 8 February, 2019, when a session court pronounced a sentence of life imprisonment to Muzammil, Mujassim, Furkan, Nadeem, Janangir, Afzal and Ikbal for the murder of cousins Gaurav and Sachin in Kawal village on August 27, 2013. This incident is believed to have triggered the riots.
Uttar Pradesh government’s prosecution in 10 murder cases during the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013 has gaping holes. Most witnesses who are the relatives of those killed had turned hostile. Subsequently, the courts have acquitted all accused in the 10 murder trials that concluded between January 2019 and February 2019
According to a report in The Indian Express, the scrutiny of court records and testimonies revealed that — from one family burnt alive to three friends dragged into a field and killed, from a father hacked to death with swords to an uncle beaten to death with spades — 53 men accused of murder walked free.
A similar trend emerged in four cases of gangrape and 26 cases of rioting also.
Yogi government is not planning to appeal. Dushyant Tyagi, District Government Counsel, Muzaffarnagar, said: “We are not filing appeals in any of 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot cases, which ended in acquittal, because in all the cases, the prime witnesses were declared hostile by the court after they did not support the prosecution theory. The chargesheets against the accused were filed on the statements of witnesses.”