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AI Kanishka bombing report submitted

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Jun 17, 2010 at 09:11pm IST

New Delhi: Twenty five years after the Air India Kanishka bombing, a Canadian commission has submitted its report on the bombing on Thursday

It has urged the government to set up some sort of mechanism for a rigorous aviation security system and has suggested creation of an independent body to recommend appropriate compensation to victims.

The Commission, headed by former Supreme Court justice John Major, has spent nearly two years hearing from more than 200 witnesses and reviewing 17,000 classified documents.

“We strongly urge the government to set up some sort of mechanism to see how our suggestions are being implemented. Finest tribute to be paid to the victims of the bombing would be to create a rigorous aviation security system.”

Years of criminal investigation have yielded just one conviction, for manslaughter, against a British Columbia mechanic Inderjit Singh Reyat who assembled bomb components.

Two other men - R S Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri- were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Another suspect Talwinder Singh Parmar died in police custody in 1992.

The probe, called in 2006, examined Canada's response to terrorism and aviation security, and how government agencies, such as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, share information.

In the 25 years since the bombing, many family members of victims have been consumed with the investigation, the trial and now the results of the special commission convened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

(With inputs from PTI)

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