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First Look: 'It's time to heal'

March 17, 2005

The verdict in the June 1985 bombing of Air-India Flight 182 came on Thursday morning.

The two main accused in the case -- Ripudaman Singh Malik, 57 and Ajaib Singh Bagri, 55 -- who were tried in a Vancouver court in Canada, were acquitted.

While the verdict was described variously as 'disappointing' and 'shocking' by those who lost their loved ones in the bombing, Malik's and Bagri's families heaved a sigh of relief.

A statement read by Bagri's youngest daughter outside the court house said "it's time to begin" the process of healing.

Also see: The families' agony

All 329 people on board the Air-India's Montreal-London flight were killed when the aircraft exploded and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Ireland.

Also see: Two men bound by faith

In pic: Ajaib Singh  Bagri coming out of the court.

Photograph: Don MacKinnon/Getty Images


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