After a long wait of nearly 23 years, three residents of Srinagar, accused of being involved in Lajpat Nagar bomb blast of 1996, reached home on Wednesday after being acquitted by Rajasthan High Court.
Jubilant scenes were witnessed at their houses as familymembers, relatives and neighbors accorded them a rousing and emotionalreception. Many friends and closerelatives welcomed them by showering flower petals, garlands amid hugs andprayers.
The acquitted were identified as Lateef Ahmad Waza, MirzaNisar Hussain and Ali Muhammad Bhatt, all residents of Srinagar city. Accordingto the trio, they were first acquitted by the Delhi High Court and then JaipurHigh Court in the cases related to dumping of arms and ammunition and LajpatNagar bomb blast case where in 13 civilians were killed and 39 injured. Theywere arrested in 1996 and served imprisonment in Rajasthan and Tihar jails for23 years. As per the trio, they were never released on a parole or bail eversince they were arrested in 1996.