I Should’ve Shot Ansal Bros That Day, Biggest Mistake in My Life Was Coming To Court : Neelam Krishnamoorthy

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“extremely disappointed, biggest mistake in my life was coming to court. Lost faith in judiciary.” Nelaam Krishnamoorty after SC verdict on Ansal Brothers

New Delhi : In one of the longest running trial in India, Supreme Court has ordered Gopal Ansal to serve one year sentence in the Uphar Cinema case. However, he has already served four months of the punishment while his brother Sushil Ansal had already undergone his jail sentence.

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Minutes after the Supreme Court sentenced Gopal Ansal in the Uphaar cinema fire case, to one year in jail, one of the petitioner and President of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) Neelam Krishnamoorty in the case said she regretted having not killed the accused the day of the tragedy.

“I should have shot these people (Ansal brothers) the day my children died,” Neelam Krishnamoorthy, president of the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT), was quoted saying by news agency ANI. Krishnamoorthy’s two teenage children died in that tragedy.

She said she was ‘extremely disappointed’ and that her biggest mistake in life was coming to court. “Rich and powerful enjoy special powers,” she told IANS.

The Uphar Cinema Tragedy

On June 13, 1997, 59 people died due to suffocation after a fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema hall in Green Park in New Delhi. The fire had erupted during a screening of the film ‘Border.’ More than a hundred people were seriously injured in the incident.

In November that year, the CBI filed a chargesheet against 16 accused including theatre owners Gopal and Sushil Ansal. In August, 2015, the Supreme Court asked the Ansal brothers to go to jail for 2 years if they fail to pay Rs 30 crore each within three months. The brothers paid the compensation but the victims association wanted a harsher punishment.

With PTI inputs

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