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Malik's aunt happy

RELIEF: Piyara Singh, brother of Ajaib Singh Bagri, offers sweets to his mother, Ratan Kaur, in Chuck Kalan, near Amritsar, on Thursday, after Bagri's acquittal in the bombing case. - PTI

RELIEF: Piyara Singh, brother of Ajaib Singh Bagri, offers sweets to his mother, Ratan Kaur, in Chuck Kalan, near Amritsar, on Thursday, after Bagri's acquittal in the bombing case. - PTI  

FEROZEPUR (PUNJAB), MARCH 17. A Canadian court's decision to acquit the two main accused in the Kanishka bombing case has left the families of those killed in the crash stunned but a relative of one of the accused, Ripudaman Singh Malik, has welcomed the judgment.

At his ancestral house here, Malik's aged aunt, Surinder Kaur, while expressing contentment over the court's decision, said she knew from the very beginning that "Ripudaman cannot be a party to such a ghastly act."

The only member of the Malik family living in the Cantonment here, she remembers him as a "kind-hearted soul" and could never imagine him triggering a mid-air blast. Ridiculing the charges made out against him by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), she asked: "How could Ripudaman think of bombing an airbus that was piloted by a Sikh [Capt. S.S. Bhinder]?" — PTI

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