The local court held seven Muslim men guilty of killing two Hindu people in Kawal village in an attack which is said to have triggered the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots that led to killings of over 60 people.
Additional District and Sessions Judge, Himashu Bhatnagar, convicted seven muslim men namely:-
They have been punished for killing two Hindus Gaurav and Sachin on August 27, 2013, and rioting. The quantum of their punishment will be announced on Friday.
The court convicted the members of the muslim mob after examining 10 prosecution witnesses and six in their defence. After hearing the judgment, Gaurav’s mother burst into tears and said, “I only want death sentence for accused men. They killed my son for no reason. I want justice. We lost everything, have not celebrated one festival since the incident. There is no happiness; my daughter is left now without a brother. Only justice will bring relief.”
Post the Kawal incident, communal harmony in the region was disturbed and allegedly led to a major conflagration between the two communities in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli that had claimed more than 65 lives and displaced over 50,000 people.
As per official figures, given by prosecution counsel Sharma, over 6,000 cases were lodged following the riots and 1,480 accused were arrested for their alleged roles in the riots.
A special investigation team, which probed the cases, had filed chargesheets in 175 cases. Fifty-six of them involving 430 accused resulted in acquittal.
Described as the “the worst violence in Uttar Pradesh in recent history,” the 2013 riots saw the Indian Army deployed in the state for the first time in 20 years.
One of the reasons for the BJP coming to power in UP was the anger among people against the Akhilesh government with respect to the way they tried to politicize these riots.
The Muzaffarnagar riots were a big blot on the then SP government. It had not only exposed loopholes in their handling of law and order but some of the decisions taken by them post the mayhem were undoubtedly controversial.
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