Tributes paid to victims of Delhi High Court blast

September 7th, 2012 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Families and friends of the victims of the Sep 7, 2011, Delhi High Court blast Friday held a prayer meeting and paid tributes to those who were killed.

Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri, members of the Delhi High Court Bar Association and other lawyers also paid tributes.

The prayer meeting was organised by NGO South Asian Forum for People Against Terror outside Gate Number 5 of the high court complex where the blast took place.

Fifteen people were killed and 79 injured in the explosion.

“Five people lost their hearing due to the blast. The government has failed to provide compensation to them,” said Ashok Randhawa, president of the NGO.

Mukesh Arora, who was injured in the blast and is still in hospital, was told by doctors Friday that his infected leg would have to be amputated.

“The government announced that priority would be given to pending cases of the blast victims. The promise has vanished,” said Harish Kumar, who lost his leg in the blast.

Recently, a city court found prima facie evidence against the blast accused Wasim Akram Malik and fixed Sep 18 to frame charges against him.

In March, the National Investigation Agency had filed a chargesheet against six accused, including a minor. The chargesheet said that the blast was an attempt to threaten the judiciary and save Afzal Guru from the gallows.

Afzal Guru is a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on parliament. He was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2004.

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