‘We have not got jus­tice,’ say rel­a­tives

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Hyderabad: Some vic­tims and rel­a­tives of those killed in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast said they have not got jus­tice and urged the state gov­ern­ment to move the High Court against a spe­cial NIA court ver­dict ac­quit­ting five ac­cused in the case.

Re­act­ing to the ac­quit­tal, Fayaz Khan, who lost his un­cle and brother-in-law in the blast, said he was “up­set” over the judg­ment.

“We have not got jus­tice... it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to move the High Court against to­day’s judg­ment and see to it that all of them are pun­ished ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

Syed Sal­man, who was among the in­jured, said “even af­ter 11 years since the blast, we have not got jus­tice.” He said in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies should “se­ri­ously” take up the mat­ter.

Mohd Omar, a rel­a­tive of an­other blast vic­tim, too echoed sim­i­lar views.

Owaisi blames NIA

Mean­while, AIMIM pres­i­dent Asadud­din Owaisi al­leged that the Mecca Masjid blast had not been pur­sued prop­erly by anti-ter­ror in­ves­tiga­tive agency NIA.

Owaisi al­leged on a mi­croblog­ging site that most of the wit­nesses in the Mecca Masjid blast case had turned hos­tile af­ter June 2014 and the NIA ei­ther didn’t pur­sue the case as was ex­pected from it or was not al­lowed by its po­lit­i­cal mas­ters to do so.

As­sert­ing that “jus­tice hasn’t been done in the case,” Owassi said “ques­tions would be raised over the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem (of the coun­try) if such bi­ased prose­cu­tions con­tinue.”—PTI

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