Victim’s Families Of Upahaar Tragedy Held Candle Light Rally: The families of victims of Upahaar tragedy held rally at Jantar Mantar to address issues of justice relating to tragedy.
The kin of Upahaar tragedy victims organized a candle light rally at Jantar Mantar On Saturday night demanding the Govt to address important issues of the tragedy like justice for Upahaar victims, quick redressal of grievances of victims of man-made disasters,safety in public places and preventive action through urgent legislation.
on June 13, 1997, 59 persons have been burnt in the fire at Upahaar Cinema in New Delhi.
Two brothers Gopal and Sushil Ansal, builders of the Upahaar cinema hall in South Delhi, have been held guilty of “criminal negligence” by Supreme Court on August 19 and also imposed a fine of Rs 30 crore for each them and didn’t imprison them.
This unexpected judgement made the families of victims angry and triggered them to form a union by the name Association of Victims of Upahaar Fire Tragedy (AVUT), founded by Neelam Krishnamoorthy who lost her son and daughter in the fire, which was also joined by Brinda Karat of the CPI(M), singer Shubha Mudgal who has been supporting them since 1997, AAP MLA Alka Lamba and Delhi state convener Dilip Pandey, advocate Sanjay Hegde and activist Kavita Krishnan lent their support to the victims.
A memorandum has also been written by the association to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee asking his intervention seeking justice to the families of victims.
The memorandum stated that “There is an urgent need to bring in new legislation to deal with man-made disasters, as suggested by the Law Commission through a consultation paper on man made disasters dated July 20, 2012.