Lajpat Nagar blast case:families to appeal in HC

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 15:54

Srinagar: Family members of two Kashmiris,
sentenced to death in the Lajpat Nagar blast case, Friday said
they will challenge the verdict in the Delhi High Court.

"We are shattered by the verdict. But we will appeal
against the verdict in Delhi High Court," a visibly upset
Mirza Muzaffar, brother of Mirza Nissar Hussain, told
reporters.

Terming the death sentence awarded to his brother and two
others as "total injustice", Mirza alleged, "There was no
solid witness and evidence. Yet the court convicted my brother
and others."

A Delhi court yesterday sent to the gallows three out of
six convicted members of militant outfit Jammu Kashmir Islamic
Front (JKIF) for the 1996 Lajpat Nagar market blast which had
claimed 13 lives.

Elder brother of Mirza Nissar Hussain, Mirza Iftikhar
Hussain has been acquitted by the same court some time back.

The family of another convict, Mohammad Ali Bhat is
equally dismayed at the quantum of sentence.

Haji Sher Ali, father of Mohammad Ali Bhat, said his son,
now 43, was just 29-years-old when he was arrested in the
case.

"As a father, this is my moral responsibility to fight
till our ward gets justice. We will definitely challenge the
verdict in the higher courts," Haji Ali said.

Dilawar Hussain, brother of Syed Maqbool Shah, who was
acquitted by the court, termed the verdict as "injustice".

Meanwhile, Firda Dar, one of the two convicts allowed to
walk free, arrived here from Delhi and went to downtown city
to express solidarity with the family members of those awarded
death penalty in the case.

Another convict Farooq Ahmad Khan, an engineer from
Anantnag, allowed to walk free, has been taken to Rajasthan
for trial in a Dausa case.
After sentencing Farooq to seven years imprisonment in
the case yesterday, the court, however, ordered his release
since he has already completed 14 years in jail after his
arrest.

The trial in Dausa case was suspended some years back on
the orders of Supreme Court, which passed the ruling on a
petition filed by the family members of the arrested persons.
They had pleaded that the hearings in one case must be taken
at one time.
"We are hopeful that he will be acquitted in Dausa blast
case also as he is not involved in it", Javid, Farooq`s
brother, said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 15:54

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