All 7 accused held guilty in Kawal murders that triggered Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013


FEBRUARY 7, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS
– The court pronounced seven accused — Muzassim, Muzammil, Furquan, Nadeem, Jehangir, Afzaal, Iqbal — guilty of killing cousins Gaurav and Sachin in Kawal on August 27, 2013.
– The riots had wide ramification on Lok Sabha elections held seven months later and riding on the anger of the influential Jat community, BJP swept the poll in western UP.

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A sessions court here on Wednesday held all seven accused guilty in Kawal double murder case of August 2013 which had triggered riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on Friday. The families of the accused said they would challenge the verdict in high court.

The additional district judge (ADJ) Himanshu Bhatnagar, who had concluded the trial on January 22, pronounced seven accused — Muzassim, Muzammil, Furquan, Nadeem, Jehangir, Afzaal, Iqbal — guilty of killing cousins Gaurav and Sachin in Kawal on August 27, 2013. This led to one of the biggest communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar which continued for over a month and left more than 60 dead and 55,000 homeless. The riots had wide ramification on Lok Sabha elections held seven months later and riding on the anger of the influential Jat community, BJP swept the poll in western UP.

Speaking to TOI, prosecution lawyer Anjum Khan said: ,”Five accused had been named in the FIR initially — Muzammil, Muzassim, Nadeem

Jahangir and Furkan. Later, two more accused Afzal and Iqbal were found involved in the crime. All of them have been found guilty of killing Sachin and Gaurav. Five of them are already in jail while the bail of the other has been cancelled.”
According to Khan, the accused had been booked under Sections 147, 148, 149, 302 of the IPC and seven criminal law acts. Court acquitted them in only seven criminal law act.

Standing outside of the court, Naseem Ahmad, the father of Muzammil and Mujassim, said: “I have faith in court. We hope justice will be done. Once we get a copy of the sessions curt verdict, we will move to high court.” Attacking the local police and investigation agencies, he said: “Police did not fulfil their duty. Even administration and government have hidden the truth.

Gaurav’s father, Ravindra Singh, who had lodged the FIR at Jansath Kotwali after the twin murders, said: “I hope culprits will get maximum punishment. We have fought for the justice and hope they would get strong punishment.”

On August 27, 2013, cousins Sachin and Gaurav had allegedly thrashed and stabbed Shahnawaz of Kawal village after he reportedly harassed their sister. Later, Shahnawaz succumbed to injuries. In retaliation, both cousins were beaten to death allegedly by the members of the other community. Gaurav’s father Ravindra Singh then filed FIR against eight persons, including Shahnwaz.

Shahnawaz’s father, too, had filed a counter FIR. According to police, the special investigation cell probing the case had filed a final report in the case related to FIR lodged by Shahnawaz’s father.

Source: TimesofIndia.com



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