'They should've all got life imprisonment': Reactions to the Gulbarg Society verdict

Expressing dissatisfaction over the court verdict in the Gulbarg massacre case, Zakia Jafri, the wife of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, on Friday said that the life sentence should have been awarded to all the convicts.

However, her son Tanvir Jafri said there was definitely "some sense of closure" with the convictions, and said it would have to be seen why some of the accused were not convicted.

"We will definitely contest some of the acquittals in the High Court," he said.

Zakia, the wife of the former MP, clearly expressed her "dissatisfaction" with the verdict saying that she had seen the violent crime and felt that "life sentence should have been awarded to all the accused and not some of them."

Tanvir said a message should go out to the nation that the law will not tolerate such things.

"We all know, the massacre was one of the harshest things that happened to the victims. The message should go to the nation that this country, the legal system, will not tolerate such things, he added.

Tanvir also felt that there was strong evidence in favour of a conspiracy angle in the Gulbarg case like the incident at Naroda Patiya.

Former SIT chief RK Raghavan who had probed the incident, welcomed the judgement. However, he said he was yet to see the copy of the order.

Teesta Setalvad, secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), who has been fighting for the families of those who died in the massacre, welcomed the judgment but expressed the desire to appeal against the lesser sentence for those who haven't been awarded the life imprisonment. She said, "We welcome the judgement but we are disappointed with the lesser sentence."

Shabnam Hashmi, whose organisation ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) has been fighting against the human rights violations in the Gujarat riots, reacted to the Gulbarg judgment too.

The relatives of one of the accused claimed that her brother is innocent and vowed to appeal to a higher court. She said, "My brother is innocent, we will go to the SC against this verdict, not fair."

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Updated Date: Jun 17, 2016 15:38:51 IST

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