New Delhi: Even after 14 years, the memory of Uphaar tragedy is still afresh. The aggrieved relatives of Uphaar victims, who are fighting a long battle for justice, paid rich tributes to the departed souls on Monday.

On the 14th anniversary of Uphaar tragedy, the families with eyes welled up and hands folded observed a two-minute silence at a prayer meeting that started at 9 am in front of the Smriti Upvan, a small remembrance patch near the cinema hall which has remained closed after the tragedy.

Remembering her mother Madhu Nagpal, Megha said, “I lost the most beloved one in the tragic incident and I miss my mother a lot. I was four years old when I lost her.”

Recalling the incident she said, “I still remember I had gone to see the movie with her and suddenly there was smoke in the hall. Everybody started running in panic and I fainted. When I regained consciousness, I was in the hospital.”

The incident are still fresh in the mind of RS Shahi who lost his 22-year-old son Sudeep in the tragic fire. “He had gone to see ‘Border’ on his 22 nd birthday with two of his friends. All three died,” he mentioned.

14 years back, 59 people lost their lives in the incident and this is not less than any black day for 28 families.

Neelam Krishnamoorthy, who lost her children Unnati (17) and Ujjwal (13), raised questions at the sluggish judicial process.

“High Court had reduced the punishment given by the lower courts after which we had to approach Supreme Court. Now, our hopes are pinned on the Apex Court,” she added.

JPN/Bureau