A court on Friday convicted all seven accused in the 2013 murder case of two cousins in Muzzaffarnagar.
All the accused were sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs 2 lakh each for killing Gaurav and Sachin Singh, residents of Malikpura village, in Kawal on 27 August 2013 following a brawl.
The incident had led to riots in Shamli and Muzzaffarnagar districts.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Himanshu Bhatnagar found the seven accused – Mujassim, Mujammil, Furkaan, Nadeem, Jahangir, Iqbal and Afzal – guilty of double murder and subsequent rioting.
According to DGC (criminal) Rajeev Sharma and senior lawyer Anil Jindal, the court also sentenced the seven to 2, 3 and 5 years imprisonment for rioting, rioting with deadly weapon, and criminal intimidation, respectively, along with fines of Rs 2000, Rs 3000 and Rs 5000 under sections 147, 148 and 506 of IPC.
In all 80 per cent of the total fine will be given to the families of deceased.
Mujassim, Mujammil, Furkaan, Nadeem and Jahangir were named in the FIR by Gaurav’s father Ravindra in Jansath police station of Muzzaffarnagar.
The other two convicts Iqbal and Afzal however were later summoned by the court when their names came to light during the hearing of the case.
Gaurav’s father expressed satisfaction over the decision of the court. Family members of some of those convicted will now move a higher court.
The Kawal incident led to communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli that claimed more than 65 lives and displaced over 50,000 people.