Voicing dissatisfaction over the court verdict in the Gulberg massacre case, Zakia Jafri, the wife of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, on Friday said life sentence should have been awarded to all the convicts.However, her son Tanvi Jafri said there was definitely “some sense of closure” at the convictions but it would have to be seen why some of the accused were not convicted.”We will definitely contest in the High Court some of the acquittals,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>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.” Tanvi 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.
ALSO READ Court says Gulberg massacre ‘darkest day’ in history of civil society; but rejects death penalty demand for 24 convictsTanvi also felt that there was strong evidence in favour of a conspiracy angle in the Gulberga case like the incident at Naroda Patiya.Former SIT chief R K Raghavan who had probed the incident, welcomed the judgement. However, he said he was yet to see the copy of the order.
ALSO READ Gulberg society verdict: 11 convicted sentenced to life imprisonment, 12 others get seven years jailZakia Jafri, the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was among the 69 killed in Gulberg society massacre, expressed dissatisfaction over the verdict in the case, saying the court did “injustice” to her.She also said that she will approach the high court against the verdict of the special SIT court which sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the case on Friday.Zakia is particularly unhappy with the seven-year jail term awarded to 12 convicts and 10-year sentence to one other convict, who were held guilty for lesser offences not including murder. She is also miffed with the acquittal of 36 others in the case.”I don’t understand why 11 were given life imprisonment and some are given just seven or ten years of imprisonment. Why this selective approach as they all were part of a violent mob which killed people inside the society. This is wrong justice. The court did injustice to me,” Zakia said while talking to reporters.”I was there in the society when the violent mob brutally killed my husband (Ehsan Jafri). He was an MP, yet he was hacked to death and burnt alive in the middle of road. Today’s verdict is not sufficient for such crime. I wished that court had given lifer to all of them who were involved in the crime,” she said.According to her, those who were acquitted were also guilty and should be punished. “My fight for justice will continue. Why these 36 were acquitted? Did they save any resident of the society? They were also part of the mob. I am not at all satisfied with today’s verdict. I will approach the high court against it, Zakia said.