Families of those awarded death penalty in blast case protest
Family members of two of the three convicts awarded death penalty in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case today staged a demonstration here to protest the court order on the plea that they were "innocent" and allegedly implicated by police in the case.
"My son is innocent and a victim of police highhandedness. He was not affiliated with any militant outfit and was framed in the case," said mother of Mirza Nissar Hussain who along with two other convicted members of militant outfit Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) were awarded death penalty by a Delhi court on April 22.
The burqa-clad woman along with another relative and a child protested against the court order carrying a playcard which read, "release my innocent son and send me to gallows instead."
"Hussain, a resident of downtown Srinagar, was only 14 years when he was arrested by Delhi Police. There is no possibility of his involvement in the bomb blast," she said.
The family had assembled at Partap Park under the banner of Association of families of Kashmiri prisoners, launched last year by woman separatist leader Zamrooda Habib to highlight the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in various jails in and outside the state.
Habib herself served a jail term in Delhi's Tihar jail in connection with a hawala case.
The family members of another convict in the case and a resident of downtown Srinagar Mohammad Ali Bhat, who also took part in the demonstration, claimed that he is innocent and appealed to the civil society to intervene in the matter so that he is released.