New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday acquitted 16 Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case.
Delivering the judgement, the court said that there was lack of evidence, especially regarding the identity of the accused.
It referred the matter to Delhi State Legal Services Authority for rehabilitation of victims.
All 16 PAC personnel were facing trial for allegedly killing 42 persons in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh in the massacre in 1987.
There were 19 accused in the case. However, three of them died during the trial.
The killings had allegedly occurred during riots in Meerut city when the victims were picked up from the Hashimpura Mohalla of the city by personnel of the 41st Battalion of the PAC during a search operation.
The charge sheet in the case was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Ghaziabad in 1996. The case was transferred to Delhi in September 2002 on the order of the Supreme Court following a petition by the families of the massacre victims and survivors.
A sessions court here in July 2006 framed charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy against all the accused.
(With Inputs from IANS)