24 Years Later, 3 Youth Acquitted By Court Reach Home

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Srinagar, Three Srinagar residents booked in Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case were set free by the Rajasthan High Court after serving 24 long years of imprisonment in Jaipur and Tihar jails. Eyes swelled with tears at their residences in Khanqa-e-Moula and Rainawari area with their relations and family members making beelines to hug their loved ones after almost-two-and a half-decade.Lateef Ahmed, son of Ghulam Ahmed, a resident of Shamswari, Khankha-e-Moula Srinagar, said that he is not able to believe that he is free. “I was picked in Kathmandu and kept in Delhi police cell in connection with Lajpat Nagar bomb blast. After that, Jaipur police cell also sought our custody. I was linked with a blast that had occurred in Mahua in 1996 and then also with the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case of May 1996,” Lateef said.

During his detention period, Lateef’s father went to meet his son at Jaipur and just after a week after meeting his son, he died in Srinagar. Asked how he feels after returning home after 24 long years, he said: “There are many innocent people especially Kashmiris languishing in Jaipur jail, who are being denied trial. Today, I feel like I am in a deep sleep and lost in the dream of returning home.”

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