SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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1 day, 4 cases,
60 life terms
Law catches up with killers

IT was a day of life sentences across the country on Wednesday when a former minister, policemen, a lawyer and fundamentalist leaders were among 60 convicts who were given this punishment by courts for criminal acts in four separate cases. The crimes ranged from bomb blasts in Coimbatore to target BJP leader L.K Advani and murder of a pregnant poetess in Lucknow following an affair to killing of two businessmen in a fake police encounter in Delhi and burning nine persons alive during communal riots in Kanpur in the aftermath of the demolition of Babri Masjid mosque. Several years after these crimes in which lives of 78 persons were snuffed out for no fault of theirs, the kith and kin of some victims feel the convicts should be sent to gallows. As many as 1,479 witnesses were examined, a majority of them for the Coimbatore blasts case that killed 58 persons, after a painstaking trial with police on constant vigil to ensure there was no threat to the lives of some of the high profile accused.

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