A still from the video of the lynching of a Muslim cow trader in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, on June 18, 2018. | PTI

By Scroll Staff

A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur on Tuesday convicted 10 persons and sentenced them to life imprisonment for lynching to death a 45-year-old meat trader named Qasim Qureshi in June 2018, on rumours of cow slaughter.

Another victim, 62-year-old Samaydeen, had been injured in the attack.

The accused persons were convicted under sections 302 (murder) 149 (unlawful assembly), 307 (attempt to murder) 149, 147 (rioting), 148 (being armed with a deadly weapon) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) of the Indian Penal Code.

The convicts were also ordered to pay fines of Rs 58,000 each.

The victims did not seek the death penalty for the accused persons, saying that they did not have any enmity with them and only wanted justice.

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