After nearly 12 years, the Patiala House Court in Delhi gave its verdict in the 2005 Delhi serial blasts in Sarojini Nagar, Kalkaji, and Paharganj.
In its verdict, the Delhi court has held Tariq Ahmed Dar guilty, but didn’t find enough evidence to link him directly to the bomb blasts. The Court acquitted the other two co-accused Mohammed Rafiq Shah and Mohammed Hussain Fazili of all charges. In short, all the charges against the two have been dropped. Since Dar has already exceeded his sentence term, as an under-trial, he is also released.
So right now, all the three persons who had been arrested by Delhi police as those behind the blasts, are found innocent by the Court. Notably Dar, who has been convicted and punished with 10-years of jail, couldn’t be linked directly to the blasts due to lack of evidence. He was convicted for his links with LeT and receiving terror funding.
A terror attack is an extremely sad, helpless event for any society. Not only it ends the lives of those killed, it also changes the life of those injured. Not to mention, it changes the lives of the families of those killed and injured.
A terror attack is a big scar for any society as well.
Thus post verdict, the disappointment and the shattered hopes of those who had lost their loved ones or who had got injured in the 2005 Delhi Serial blasts can be felt. They will have to collect themselves all over again.
They’ve every right to be disappointed with the Delhi Police for a shoddy investigation.
Or… they must be disappointed with the Delhi Police for arresting those who were not the real culprits!
Serious questions on the functioning of the Police and the reasons behind
As a society, we Indians do have a lack of respect for the police. We don’t trust them. As we believe they are highly corrupt. We also believe they act at the behest of rich, powerful and influential. We hold a perennial belief that the police harasses the innocent, while they let the real wrong-doers go scot free. We also believe that Police in India work under tremendous political pressure and pressures of all kinds.
When we’re not feeling the blunt of police apathy, corruption or high-handedness, we share jokes about them. Read one below:
InterPol organizes a Competition to test the ability of Police in various countries. The best of the lost will receive a pat on the back and a medal from the InterPol. In the finals, the Police of US, Russia and India are left. To decide the best among them, a task was planned. All the three contenders are told to go to the forest and return back with a Tiger. The one who return back with a tiger first will the winner.
At first the Police from Russia goes and brings back a tiger in 2 Days.
Then goes the Police from US and returns with a tiger in just 1 Day.
Finally the Police from India goes and does not return even after 15 days. To conclude the competition, the organizers decide to go to the forest and see what the matter is. There they find a BEAR chained up to the trunk of a tree and the Police from India thrashing it with canes, repeatedly demanding from the Bear: “Accept before the Competition Jury that You’re a Tiger!”
The joke above sums up many things.
The feeling of the victims based on their perception of justice denied can be understood.
But it’s not just them who may perceive themselves being denied justice. The persons who were arrested by the Police for the bomb blasts, and who are now being released for the lack of evidence against them, may also have same perception. After the verdict, they too may be thinking as to why they have lost precious 12 years of their lives in deep anger, anguish, shame and helplessness.
The lives of a couple of human beings put behind bars for more than a decade may not count much in front of those 300 killed, injured or affected. But in any scenario, these 300 were still not be getting justice if the innocents are made culprits … and the real culprits still roam outside.
Right now many of us are seeing the verdict just from one perspective: Police didn’t manage to collect evidence.
We’re NOT looking it from another perspective: It might be that the Police caught the wrong people!
… From the Patiala House Court verdict, it becomes clear that those caught and now acquitted of all charges, were innocent.
Hence instead of saying Police failed to collect evidence, we as a society must think on Lines: If these are not the culprits, then who’re?
If we don’t think this way, then all four of us — the victims, wrongly held innocent people, society (including Police and others) and Humanity (your human status, judgement, wisdom, intelligence… or consciousness) — were denied something.