New Delhi, Feb 9: After the Supreme Court sentenced Uphaar cinema owner Gopal Ansal to a one-year jail term over the 1997 Delhi Upahaar fire tragedy, Neelam Krishnamurthy of the Association of Victim of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) slammed the sentence saying that she would have shot Ansal the day her children and friends died in the massive fire. “We don’t give a damn about the trauma centre. I should’ve shot these people the day my children died,” said Krishnamurthy.Also Read - Ghar Wali Diwali: Amrapali Homebuyers to Get Possession of Their Flats on Nov 4 | Read Details
The apex court on Thursday reviewed its 2015 judgement on the Uphaar case. The apex court’s three-judge bench refused to give any imprisonment to another accused, Sushil Ansal, keeping his age into account. The court has ordered Gopal Ansal to surrender within four weeks to serve the remaining jail term. Gopal Ansal has already served four months and will now serve eight more. Also Read - '100 Protesters in Rally And Only 23 Eyewitnesses?' SC Raps UP Govt Over Farmers' Killing in Lakhimpur
Responding to the judgement, disappointed Neelam Krishnamurthy, who lost her 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son in the fire, also said, “I have been let down very badly, a futile exercise. Rich and powerful enjoy special powers. Extremely disappointed, biggest mistake in my life was coming to court. Lost faith in judiciary.” Also Read - NEET-PG Counselling 2021: Supreme Court Tells Centre to Put NEET-PG Counselling on Hold Until Decision on OBC, EWS Quota
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“I believe I made a mistake going to the courts. I think I would have achieved some closure had I picked up a gun instead. Even if it had been just a semblance of it. The system has done everything it could to erode our faith in it. The judges concerned took cognisance of the age of the Ansals but what about the fact that their victims, Unnati and Ujjwal were in their teens and had their whole lives ahead of them? Do only the ages of the moneyed and powerful matter and not of their victims?” said Krishnamurthy in a 2015 interview with The Hindu.
In the book Trial By Fire which chronicles the aftermath of Uphaar cinema fire tragedy, Krishnamurthy writes: I should have just shot those responsible for the deaths of my children” instead of “making the mistake” of relying on the judiciary for justice. I regret having pursued the Uphaar case so vigorously for 19 years. I should have just shot those responsible for the deaths of my children and the 57 others. I would have pleaded insanity… By now, I would have finished serving my sentence.
59 people trapped in the balcony of the Uphaar theatre had died of suffocation following the fire and over 100 were injured in the subsequent stampede on June 13, 1997 when a massive broke out in the theatre.