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Air India ‘Kanishka’ crash: Victims’ families call for justice

Toronto, Apr. 14: The families of the victims of the Air India 'Kanishka' crash in 1985 said that they are still awaiting justice, calling for the perpetrators of the disaster to be brought to book.

Air India, Kanishka, Toronto
Air India, Kanishka, Toronto

"The Indian government conducted its own inquiry into the airplane accident that had nothing to do with the criminal element. The criminal investigation was done by the Canadian government and the case ran through the courts and the accused were found not guilty because of insufficient evidence beyond reasonable doubt. One person is in jail for constructing the bomb, and according to Canadian law he will be released in January 2016," Air India 182 Victims Families Association chair Bal Gupta, whose wife Ramvati was on the plane, told ANI.

"There is no reason to be satisfied with the investigation because the prime conspirators are still running loose, whether in Canada or in other countries. Unless they are brought to book, the families will not be satisfied. Prime Minister Modi can pick it up but the Canadian government is doing what it can. It was a huge tragedy and the largest terrorist act in Canadian history. The unfortunate thing is that the culprits are still running loose," he added.

On June 23, 1985, Air India Flight 182 ' Kanishka', which was flying from Toronto to New Delhi via London, was destroyed by a bomb while in Irish airspace, resulting in the death of all 329 people on board, including 22 crew members.

According to reports, the Canadian government discovered that the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa was responsible for the bombing. Only one person has been convicted for the attack. (ANI)

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