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7/11 Train Blasts Victims to Meet Governor Today

7/11 Train Blasts Victims to Meet Governor Today

Author: PTI
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: July 11, 2011

On the 5th anniversary of the serial train blasts that hit Mumbai on July 11, 2006, a delegation, led by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, will meet Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan on Monday, to put forth their demands.

"It has been five years since the 7/11 train blasts took place. But justice is yet to be delivered to the victims as the trial is delayed. Therefore, a signed representation by the victims will be given to the Governor K Sankarnarayanan," Somiaya said.

He said that the trial of Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was expedited quickly and completed following increasing pressure from the foreign countries like the US, the UK and Israel.
"However, in case of the 7/11 serial blasts, the trial is delayed, as most of the victims are local people and daily commuters," Somaiya alleged.

"We have demanded immediate implementation of a permanent 'Relief and Rehabilitation Policy' to the government for the terror victims, through which they would be able to get their compensation at the earliest," he said.

The BJP leader also asked why the terror victims have to beg before the government for compensation.
The serial blasts that took place in seven trains in a span of 11 minutes on that fateful day on the Western Railway had killed 187 persons and injuring over 800 others. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) probing the case had arrested 13 alleged members of SIMI and LeT for carrying out the blasts.
Somaiya further alleged that the Centre is yet to take action, even though 13 accused in the case are absconding.

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