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Monday, July 11, 2011

KHALISTAN TERROR: Kanishka victims reject Canada's $24,000 ex-gratia

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Justice John Major Commissaire, Chairman of the Inquiry Commission for the Kanishka airline bombing, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar - PTI
Justice John Major Commissaire, Chairman of the Inquiry Commission for the Kanishka airline bombing, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar - PTI.

Air India Kanishka victims' families have rejected the Canadian government's offer of $24,000 each for the 1985 bombing that killed all 329 people on board the plane near the Irish coast.
The Kanishka flight 182 to Delhi from Montreal was blown up mid-air by a bomb planted by Vancouver-based Khalistani radicals to avenge the Indian army's action at the Golden Temple in June 1984.
The Canadian government announced the $24,000 ex-gratia during a meeting with families - as recommended by the Air India inquiry commission, headed by former Canadian chief justice John Major, which submitted its report last year.
A government spokesman said since most victims' families were compensated in the early 1990s, the $24,000 ex-gratia is just 'a demonstration of solicitude and recognition for the administrative disdain families experienced over the years following the tragedy'.
But the offer - which amounts to $7.9 million in total - enraged victim families who called it insulting to the memory of their loved ones.


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