Hundreds of residents from Muslim-dominated Hashimpura walked next to walls plastered with posters screaming “Qatil Kaun (Who are the killers)?” and offered prayers on Friday in memory of those killed in an alleged communal massacre exactly 28 years ago.
Local residents from this neighbourhood in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district say police personnel dragged 47 young men out of their homes on May 22, 1987, herded them on a truck to the outskirts where they were shot and the bodies dumped in canals.
However, five of the men survived and exposed the bloody act, they say.
A court in the national capital two months ago acquitted 16 members of the state's Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), offering benefit of doubt to the accused due to lack of sufficient evidence. The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday approached the Delhi high court, challenging the acquittal .