New Delhi: A local court in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar that on Wednesday held seven guilty of killing two youths in Kawal village in 2013, which triggered riots in the city later, is expected to pronounce quantum of sentence in the case on Friday.
The murder of the two youths in 2013 led to widespread violence in the western Uttar Pradesh city of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, killing nearly 60 people and displacing over 50,000.
The additional district and sessions judge Himanshu Bhatnagar convicted Muzammil, Mujassim, Furkan, Nadeem, Janangir, Afzal and Ikbal for killing Gaurav and Sachin on August 27, 2013, and rioting in UP’s Muzaffarnagar.
As per official figures, given by prosecution counsel Rajiv Sharma, over 6,000 cases were lodged following the 2013 riots and 1,480 accused were arrested for their alleged roles in the riots.
A special investigation team, which probed the cases, had then filed chargesheets in 175 cases. Fifty-six of them involving 430 accused resulted in acquittal.
Several leaders of the ruling BJP, including MPs Sanjeev Balyan and Bharatendra Singh, MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik, have been named in about 125 cases. Minister in the state government Suresh Rana and Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi are also accused in cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots.