India court hands 7 Muslim men life sentences for killings that sparked 2013 riots

In this file photo, soldiers stand guard on a deserted street during a curfew in Muzaffarnagar, 127 km (80 miles) northeast of New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. (Reuters)
Updated 08 February 2019
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India court hands 7 Muslim men life sentences for killings that sparked 2013 riots

  • The riots began in the district of Muzaffarnagar, 130 km (81 miles) northeast of New Delhi
  • They spread to other areas in the country's most populous state months before the 2014 election won by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Friday sentenced seven Muslim men to life in prison for the murder of two Hindu men in 2013 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, an incident that had sparked religious riots killing about 65 people and displacing thousands.
The riots began in the district of Muzaffarnagar, 130 km (81 miles) northeast of New Delhi, and spread to other areas in the country's most populous state months before the 2014 election won by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party.
A court in Muzaffarnagar sentenced the men after they were found guilty of killing the two Hindus in the village of Kawal on Aug. 27, 2013, prosecutor Rajeev Sharma told Reuters.
Reuters could not immediately contact the families of the convicted men.
Nearly all the victims of the riots were Muslims, including about 12,000 people who were made temporarily homeless due to the unrest that polarised western Uttar Pradesh on religious lines.


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Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

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  • He served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president

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