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Uphaar Tragedy

Relatives looking at the photographs of Uphaar fire tragedy victims near the cinema hall on the occasion of 19th anniversary of the tragedy, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

A man paying tribute to Uphaar tragedy victims on the 19th anniversary of the incident, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

Family members of victims of Uphaar tragedy paying tribute at a memorial on the 19th anniversary of the incident, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

Family members of victims of Uphaar tragedy paying tribute at a memorial on the 19th anniversary of the incident, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

Uphaar fire tragedy victims along with supporters participate in a candle light march demanding for justice, in New Delhi.

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Relatives paying tributes to Uphaar fire tragedy victims at a memorial near the cinema hall on the occasion of 16th anniversary of the tragedy, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh

A relative paying tributes to Uphaar fire tragedy victims at a memorial during an event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the mishap, in New Delhi.

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Relatives look at the photographs of Uphaar fire tragedy victims near the cinema hall on the occasion of 14th anniversary of the tragedy, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh

Relatives of Uphaar fire tragedy victims perform prayers near the theater to pay tribute to the departed souls on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the mishap, in New Delhi.

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A relative looks at the photographs of the Uphaar fire tragedy victims near the cinema hall, in New Delhi, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the tragedy.

PTI Photo/Kamal Singh

11 years later: No bail, it's jail for the Ansal brothers. Real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal finally surrendered before a Delhi court in compliance with the Supreme Court order cancelling their bail in the case of Uphaar fire tragedy which had claimed 59 lives in 1997. The trial court on November, 20, 2007 had convicted the Ansal brothers along with three others under Section 304-A IPC (causing death due to rash and negligent act) and had sentenced them to two years imprisonment. They had, however, been granted bail by the High Court on January 4, 2008. The bail was cancelled on a petition filed by Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) challenging the order of the Delhi High Court. Also See: Uphar Tragedy

Relatives of Uphaar tragedy victims paying tribute to the departed souls, at the memorial set up near the cinema hall, in New Delhi on Friday June 13, on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the tragedy.

PTI Photo/Vijay Verma

Uphaar Cinema owner Sushil Ansal (center) arrives at a court in New Delhi today. He along with Gopal Ansal and 10 other convicts in the fire tragedy case pleaded that they be released on probation or be let off after being fined. All the 12 convicts argued on the quantum of their punishment before Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal, who had convicted them yesterday in the decade-old tragedy case in which 59 cine-goers were killed. The arguments on quantum of punishment remained inconclusive today and are likely to continue tomorrow. The judge said she may pronounce the sentence on Friday.

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Justice delayed and denied? The Uphaar cinema fire case, in which 59 people were killed, has dragged on for over a decade. And when finally its owners Sushil and Gopal Ansal were convicted by a Delhi Court, there should have been relief, but there was only anger from the victims' families. The Ansal brothers, held guilty of causing death of cine-goers by their rash and negligent act under section 304 A of the IPC by Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal, face a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment. "You give a death sentence for killing one person and for killing 59 people how could you give two years' term, that is something I cannot understand", Neelam Krishnamurthy, who heads AVUT, lamented. "Even if the (maximum) punishment comes to two years, it would roughly work out to 12 days (of imprisonment) per deceased," she added ruefully.

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