Mumbai: On the 5th anniversary of the serial
train blasts that hit Mumbai on July 11, 2006, a delegation,
led by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, will meet Maharashtra
Governor K Sankarnarayanan on the 5th anniversary of the
blasts tomorrow, to put forth their demands.
"It has been 5 years since the 7/11 train blasts took
place. But justice is yet to be delivered to the victims
as the trial is delayed. Therefore, a signed representation by
the victims will be given to the Governor K Sankarnarayanan,"
Somiaya said to a news agency.
He said that the trial of Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attacks was expedited quickly and completed following
increasing pressure from the foreign countries like the USA,
UK and Israel.
"However, in case of the 7/11 serial blasts, the trial is
delayed, as most of the victims are local people and daily
commuters," Somaiya alleged.
"We have demanded immediate implementation of a permanent
`Relief and Rehabilitation Policy` to the government for the
terror victims, through which they would be able to get their
compensation at the earliest," he said.
The BJP leader also asked why the terror victims have to
beg before the government for the compensation.
The serial blasts that took place in seven trains in a
span of 11 minutes on that fateful day on the Western Railway
had killed 187 persons and injuring over 800 others. The
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) probing the case had arrested 13
alleged members of SIMI and LeT for carrying out the blasts.
Somaiya further alleged that the Centre is yet to take
action, even though 13 accused in the case are absconding.