It is shocking to learn that the TADA court has convicted five policemen, including one sub-inspector, in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case for allowing RDX to enter Mumbai without checking the truck that carried it. According to the prosecution, they received a bribe of Rs. 7 lakh for looking the other way. It shows that the tribe of Jai Chand (who betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan) and Mir Jaffer (commander of Nawab Sirajuddaula's army whose loyalty was purchased by Robert Clive) is thriving in India. The court, besides confiscating the ill-gotten wealth of the policemen, should give them exemplary punishment to ensure that such crimes are not committed by the custodians of law in future.

C.V. Krishnamoorthy,
Bangalore

We should have a system of justice in which terrorists and suspected terrorists are handled with an iron hand, and not with velvet gloves. Terrorists who surrender or fringe elements who are on the borderline of terrorism can be shown leniency so that they get an opportunity to rebuild their lives. But those who are guilty of aiding, abetting in or committing terrorist acts should be shown no mercy. All those found guilty in the Mumbai blasts case should be given the most stringent punishment under the law.

Satbir Singh Bedi,
New Delhi

The media are full of reports, articles, editorials and opinions on the 1993 bomb blasts. It is possible that many found guilty will be given the death penalty. But what about justice for the victims of the Mumbai riots, which broke out after the demolition of the Babri Masjid? Police complicity with the rioters led to the killing of many innocent Muslims. The Justice Sri Krishna Commission has submitted a detailed report on the riots. But nothing has happened to those who aided and abetted in the acts of the perpetrators who are freely roaming the streets of Mumbai.

Will the verdict in the Mumbai blasts case ensure that Muslim youth never resort to violence in future? Where is justice for those who saw their women being raped and men being killed in the Mumbai and Gujarat riots?

Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadwi,
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia