’93 Bombay Blasts – Lazy Justice
Of the hundred or so accused in the gruesome 1993 Bombay Blasts, three of the accused – Pervez Shaikh, Mushtaq Tarani and Abdul Ghani Ismail Turk – became the first ones to be sentenced to death. It took more than 14 years for the sentence to be passed and it is not likely to be executed any time soon. The sentences will now have to be approved by the Supreme Court and the accused have the option of appealing to the President for clemency after that. Justice takes its own peaceful time to be delivered in India.
Indeed some people (read human rights activists) are already raising their voices with reference to Mushtaq Tarani, the bomb planted by whom did not explode. One of them, Pune-based Asim Sarode says here,”The grim legal future that stares at these convicts is far worse than the death sentence itself”. What sympathy for the poor fellows – one of whom, Turk, planted the bomb at Worli RPO which killed 113 people! The TADA judge PD Kode’s statement sums up why they deserved what they got:
“A criminal has no religion, criminality is the only religion. It was a heinous terrorist act to kill totally innocent Mumbaikars who had no role to play in the Babri Masjid demolition and who had not hurt the accused in the riots that followed. They have unnecessarily brought disgrace to the Muslim community, which has, among other communities, played a pioneer role in nation building.”
Justice might be delayed, but I am happy that it came.