Thursday, November 26, 2009

REMEMBERING 26/11 - JUSTICE AND FAIR TRIAL AT WHAT COST ???

பாரத தேசத்தில் குற்றம் நிரூபிக்க படாமல் தண்டிக்க படல் ஆகாது !  ஆனால் ஒரு குற்றவாளிக்கு இத்தனை சலுகைகளும் அவனை காப்பாற்ற பல கோடி ரூபாய் செலவும் மக்களது வரி பணத்திலிருந்து வீணடிக்க வேண்டுமா ??

The ghastly attack of last year was far more than coordinated shooting and bombing attack. A disgrace to humanity hailing from Faridkot village in the Okara Dist of Punjab, Pakistan still smiles in the Indian Court.
There are reports of people all over the country paying homage to those who lost their lives to the terrorists but the Lok Sabha witnessed ugly scene of parliamentarians fighting on compensation to victims. The Home Minister thundered his drama with a warning to Pak advising them not to play games !!
THE JUSTICE IS YET TO BE DONE. Our judicial system rests on the premise that an accused is innocent till proven guilty. The lone survivor caught by the supreme sacrifice of Tukaram Omble who braved bullets with lathi is live and kicking. There are reports of Indian soliders of earlier wars still languishing in Pak prisons under sub-human conditions. Recently a Delhi High court admonished that a POW of unsound mind languishing in Pak jail since 1965
-- there are reports of the faulty bullet proof vests provided to the ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, smacking of corruption.
-- In a humiliating experience, State Reserve Police Force jawans guarding the Taj hotel were forced to spent a night on a pavement after the State Govt. removed them from the nearby Gate way of India
- the wives of the slain martyrs had to call on the Congress president seeking some action. One had to make a RTI application for conduct of post martem.

BUT WE are very clear that justice needs to be delivered to Kasab and so we have 10,000-page chargesheet, 270 witnesses. There stands 86 charges against the three accused. Before the commencement of the trial, a defence lawyer from the State legal aid panel was sacked on charges of professional misconduct and a private lawyer Abbas Kazmi, who had earlier represented the accused in the 1993 serial bomb blast case came to defend Kasab. The court recommended higher legal fees to be paid to him by the state government. The articles seized at the attack sites were not accurately recorded.
The lawyer started defence in style claiming that accused was a juvenile. Several medical tests had to be conducted to prove that he was 21 year old. The whole Nation had watched TV footage and many photos taken by individuals showing the killings but still there is need for evidence of 270 persons and a fair trial. The defence lawyer cross examined and questioned the witness on his ability to read and write Arabic.
News paper reports suggest that the cash strapped Govt has spent a staggering Rs.31 crore (85 lakhs per day) to keep the terrorist secure for standing the trial. Special prison cell was created inside Arthur Road Jail. Close to 1 crore was spent for creation of bullet proof cell at JJ Hospital premises. A team of Doctors attended to the perpetrator’s various ailments. A special hi tech van fitted with a scanner that can detect any explosive in the periphery of 200 M costed a whopping 6 crore.
The trial needs to be concluded soonest at least to save this wasteful expenditure. As a Nation we need to remember our heroes like the Asst SI Tukaram Omble, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar, Tukaram Omble, Havildar Gajender Singh, Sapper V Sathish of the NSG, police constables Arun Chitte, Ambadas Powar and Inspector Shashank Shinde of the Maharashtra police besides Home Guard Mukesh Jadhav, brave hearts of Fire Brigade who fought fire and bullets and a host of other unsung heroes.
The Govt and Politicians will always be busy doing something else. We can honour them. Think of them, talk of them, do some thing worthy of remembrance. Ensure that the family of these heroes are held in high regard, do not suffer in any manner. There is need for providing special care, special importance in Education, employment. Every Corporate can think of sponsoring the family of at least one martyr and ensure that the noble acts are remembered for posteriry.
Long live the great Jawans !! Long live our Maha Bharat !!


With regards
S Sampathkumar.

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