Saturday, 13th    June, 2009 AT 9 a.m.


A rankling sense of injustice tortures the 28 families who lost 59 relatives in a fire in the Uphaar theatre during the matinee show on the first day of the release of the Hindi movie, Border, on Friday, June 13, 1997.

The past 12 years have been an excruciating legal battle for the Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT). In December 2008, the Hon’ble High court while upholding the findings of the trial court and grossly holding the Uphaar management responsible for the loss of 59 innocent lives has reduced the sentence to a mere year of theatre owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal on the grounds that they are educated, of an advanced aged, good social background and have no past criminal record. The families of the deceased are disappointed with the verdict. They feel that this is travesty of justice and have resolved to continue their fight for justice.

To commemorate the 12th death anniversary of the 59 precious lives lost in the Uphaar fire, the Association is holding a Havan and Shanti Path at “Smriti  Upavan”  opposite Uphaar Cinema ,Green Park Extension, New Delhi on Saturday, 13th June ,2009 at 9 a.m.


Neelam Krishnamoorthy


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