Tributes paid to Uphaar fire victims

Family members rededicate themselves to the mission of getting justice

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Family members, friends and relatives of the 59 people who were killed in the Uphaar fire tragedy exactly eight years ago on June 13, 1997, remembered their loved ones at a prayer meeting organised at Smriti Upavan opposite the cinema hall at Green Park Extension in South Delhi on Monday.

Paying floral tributes at a black granite memorial and attending the "shanti path'' and "havan'' organised on the occasion, they also rededicated themselves to the mission of getting justice for the unfortunate victims by getting the guilty punished.

The sombre ceremony also provided a chance to the families to reflect how eight years after the terrible tragedy the case was still in the trial court.

Not happy at the pace at which the case has progressed thus far, the families said they were still waiting for justice to be done.

The convener of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy, Neelam Krishnamurthy, who had lost both her teenaged children, Unnav and Unnati, in the tragic fire lamented the fact that "frivolous petitions and revisions'' were being filed at each stage as part of delaying tactics by the accused to prevent justice from being done.

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