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Life term for Hashmi killers

New Delhi, Nov. 5: A Ghaziabad court today awarded life terms to all the 10 accused of murdering theatre activist Safdar Hashmi 14 years ago.

The accused were yesterday found guilty of fatally assaulting Hashmi on January 1, 1989, as he staged a street play, Halla Bol, in Sahibabadís Jhandapur village.

Additional district sessions judge Chandra Deo Rai handed down life terms today to Mukesh Sharma, Devi Saran Sharma, Jitendra, Ram Avtar, Vinod Singh, Yunus Ali, Tahir Hussien, Ramesh, Karan Singh and Bhagat Bahadur.

Bhagat, on the run since the day of the assault, was declared a proclaimed offender. The judge asked the prosecution to maintain records pertaining to Bhagat.

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