Samjhauta Express blast case verdict: ‘Who will answer for death of my five children?’

NB: This is justice under the dispensation of the Sangh Lafang. The steady soft-pedalling and eventual acquittal of accused in cases where their cadre were the prime accused, demonstrates that their control over the executive is a means of subverting the justice system. It is not the pliability of judges, but the manner in which the cases are presented and evidence manipulated (or made to disappear, as in the Mecca Masjid case) that leads to subversion of law and justice. How did the Aseemanand files disappear? Has any superior court taken note of this, and if not why not? 

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This article was first published on June 6, 2016: In a disclosure should have made it more difficult for the Modi government to “turn around” the Samjhauta Express blast case, the former head of the Special Investigation Team that probed the 2007 terrorist bombing of the Delhi-Lahore train said there was ample evidence linking some Indore-based Hindutva extremist groups to the blasts
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Whatever happened to the Vyapam case, in Madhya Pradesh, which 51 witnesses have died? What happened to Judge Loya and his friends? Blatant sabotage of the justice system is taking place under our very noses, but the bulk of our learned commentators are silent. Let us remember that two of Loya's friends, Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar and retired District Judge Prakash Thombre died mysteriously. A third narrowly escaped death. Read the details here. Loya himself had complained of pressure, and was fearful enough to ask his friends for their advice. He was deprived of security from November 20, 2014 till December 1, the day he allegedly died of a heart attack. 

These matters have been commented upon for years, even by senior prosecutors such as Rohini Salian. (There is a list of posts on Indian justice beneath this article, those who give a damn can take a look). If inconvenient judges can disappear, we need not expect any justice for train passengers. All the op-ed pundits and intellectual apologists of this stinking state of affairs, all those who respond with what-aboutery to grievous issues are morally dead individuals. What-aboutery is evil seeking solace in evil. (Yes, I have written extensively on 1984).

So no one is guilty for the deaths of 68 people, including children. Shame on the criminal justice system, and shame on the executive authorities of the Indian state. Shame on the judge for not asking the Pakistani witnesses to give evidence. The political ideology that drags innocent civilians into its scheme of perpetual conflict is an expression of pure evil. To the judge in this case and others wherein horrendous crimes have gone unpunished, I will say this: please recall the words of Immanuel Kant: If justice perishes, human life on earth has lost its meaning. You are destroying the legitimacy of the Indian Union and throwing our constitution into the dustbin. Worse still, you are destroying our faith in simple human decency. May God have mercy on your soulsDS

Who will answer for death of my five children?
Ali and his wife Rubsana (54) lost five of their children in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast. The couple survived with their youngest daughter, Aksa Shehzadi, who is now 12. Now, they have another daughter Khajija (7). “Who will answer for the death of my five children? Who killed them? The verdict has taken the life out of me. I was never asked by anyone to testify in court,” Rana Shaukat Ali (61) told The Indian Express over phone from his home in Pakistan’s Faisalabad.
Ali and his wife Rubsana (54) lost five of their children in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast. The couple survived with their youngest daughter, Aksa Shehzadi, who is now 12. Now, they have another daughter Khajija (7).

Before delivering the verdict acquitting the four accused in the case, the special NIA court Wednesday dismissed an application seeking permission for deposition of Pakistani witnesses. The application was filed by Pakistan resident Rahila Wakil, who claimed that no proper summons were sent to 13 Pakistani witnesses.  “Hindu or Muslim, they were children after all. Who killed them?
You tell me,” said Rubsana. The couple said they had visited India thrice after the blast, and not once were they intimated by Indian or Pakistani authorities that they could testify in court. “If I could have given my statement, maybe the trial could have taken a different turn,” Ali said. In 2007, the couple and their six children visited Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar for a relative’s wedding. “I still remember my children dancing. My eldest daughter Aisha Tabassum (16) was to take her Class X exams. I remember brushing her hair,” Rubsana said. Ali remembers that ill-fated journey. His sons Rana Mohammad Bilal (12) and Rana Mohammad Amir (11) were tucked under blankets, and Aisha was chatting with her sister Asma Shehzadi (8). When the blast took place, Ali jumped out of the train in the chaos. His wife followed with their youngest daughter. “There was smoke all over. My children burnt to death,” Ali said.

Ali recalled that two men sitting in his coach had been questioned by Railway Police. “They said they were going to Ahmedabad, and the policemen asked them what they were doing on a train to Lahore. They deboarded 10-15 minutes before the blast. I kept telling investigators that I can identify them. No one listened.” He said he received over Rs 20 lakh from Northern Railways as compensation, which he used to open a grocery store and fund his daughter’s education.

During their stay in Delhi in the days after the blast, the couple were looked after by Ashok Randhawa, a victim of the Sarojini Nagar bomb blast in 2005. Randhawa had set up a tent outside the Safdarjung hospital burns ward. “The mother used to faint at the ICU and the father kept crying. I told them they must live for their youngest child,” said Randhawa.
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