‘How eas­ily have they been al­lowed to walk free!’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | MECCA MASJID CASE - Omer Bin Ta­her

Charmi­nar: Af­ter wait­ing pa­tiently for 11 years, the hopes of many were crushed within min­utes on Mon­day as the judge pro­nounced all the five ac­cused in the Mecca Masjid blast case ‘not guilty’. Clearly, the bat­tle for the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies is far from over.

En­raged and wounded at the same time, the only ques­tion they all had to ask was: “Who, then, was be­hind that hor­rific blast?” They de­man- ded that a fair and trans­par­ent probe be ini­ti­ated in the case again to bring the of­fend­ers to task. They aren’t will­ing to let go of this bat­tle for jus­tice.

“I am sur­prised how the ac­cused, who had ear­lier re­port­edly con­fessed to con­spir­ing in the crime, have now been let off. This ver­dict has left us pained and se­verely hurt our sen­ti­ments. I want to ask the au­thor­i­ties, just why it took so many years to come to this con­clu­sion. And

The in­volve­ment and con­fes­sions of the ac­cused can’t be over­looked like this. We want jus­tice AMIR KHAN

if not them, then who,” asked Syed Sad­dam. His two brothers were wounded in the 2007 in­ci­dent.

For Amir Khan, too, the judg­ment was deeply dis­turb­ing. He not only lost his fa­ther and cousin in the blast­but was also com­pelled to shift to a dif­fer­ent lo­cal­ity, only to be able to cope with life there­after. “How eas­ily have all the ac­cused been al­lowed to walk free! Their in­volve­ment and con­fes­sions can’t be over­looked like this. We want jus­tice in this case,” said Khan de­mand­ing the sever­est pun­ish­ment for all con­spir­a­tors and ac­cused.

So does Syed Sad­dam, con­fess­ing how the im­ages of May 18 con­tinue to haunt him to date. His two brothers were among those in­jured.

“I still re­mem­ber that day when I rushed to help my in­jured brothers who were ly­ing on the ground bleed­ing from their legs and heads. Af­ter this in­ci­dent, we couldn’t even com­mu­ni­cate prop­erly for a long time. But what’s hap­pened to­day is un­fair; jus­tice must be done to all vic­tims’ fam­i­lies,” said the res­i­dent of Muha­jireen Camp.

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