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2006 Mumbai train blasts case: Court to pronounce quantum of punishment today

Mumbai: A special MCOCA court will today pronounce the quantum of punishment to 12 convicted people for their role in the 2006 Mumbai local train bombings case.Nine years after serial bomb blasts in trains rattled
India TV News Desk September 14, 2015 12:58 IST
India TV News Desk

Mumbai: A special MCOCA court will today pronounce the quantum of punishment to 12 convicted people for their role in the 2006 Mumbai local train bombings case.

Nine years after serial bomb blasts in trains rattled Mumbai killing 188 people, a special court had last week convicted 12 accused, all allegedly having links with banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), holding five of them guilty for murder which could attract death penalty.

Delivering the verdict, the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Judge Yatin D Shinde held 12 of the 13 accused guilty while acquitting one of them.

The accused were found guilty of charges under IPC, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Indian Railway Act and those under MCOCA.

Five of the accused were found guilty of murder (IPC 302). The court also found all the 12 accused guilty under Section 3 (1) (i) of MCOCA, which could also attract capital punishment.

Those convicted today are Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34),Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38).

During the investigations, 13 accused, all of them Indians, were arrested and brought to trial.The chargesheet filed by Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in November 2006 had named 30, 17 of them absconding and out which 13 are said to be Pakistan nationals.

The absconding include Azam Chima, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba member.

The ATS chargesheet had said that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were made in a room in Govandi in suburban Mumbai and some Pakistani nationals were also present during the bomb-making.

Seven RDX bombs had exploded in the first class coaches in many suburban trains on July 11, 2006, killing 188 people and injuring 829.

In the trial that ran for eight long years, the prosecution examined 192 witnesses, including eight Indian Police Service (IPS) and five Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers as well as 18 doctors. The defence lawyers examined 51 witnesses and one person was called as a court witness.

The blast occurred within a span of 10 minutes between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road, Jogeshwari-Mahim Junction, Mira Road- Bhayander, Matunga- Mahim Junction and Borivali.