New Delhi: Victims of the Uphaar cinema hall
fire tragedy are going to hold a prayer meet on Sunday here to
commemorate the death of 59 people who were killed in the
incident 13 years ago.
"The past 13 years have been an excruciating legal battle
for the relatives of 59 victims of a fire tragedy in the
Uphaar cinema in New Delhi on Friday, June 13, 1997,"
Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) President
Neelam Krishnamoorthy said.
"The recent fire incidents at Bangalore and Kolkata and
the June 7 judgment in the Bhopal Gas tragedy have proved over
and over again that for our policy makers and decision makers,
human life is of little value", said Krishnamoorthy who
herself lost her two children in the fire tragedy.
She expressed disappointment with the judgement of
the Delhi High Court in the criminal appeal in which the
sentence of the accused were reduced.
The Delhi High Court had on December 19, last year
sentenced accused Sushil Ansal, Gopal Ansal and H S Panwar, a
former Delhi Fire Service staff to one-year prison term. Three
others--gate keeper Manmohan Unniyal, Delhi Vidyut Board
employees Brij Mohan Satija and Bir Singh--were awarded two-
year jail term.
The appeal against the High Court`s judgement is pending
in the Supreme court.