Final Verdict on 2006 Mumbai train blasts declared

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A special court in Mumbai has passed on its verdict regarding the 7/11 Mumbai train blasts that killed 188 people in 2006. It has been nine years since a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled Mumbai.  According to reports from a leading newspaper daily, MCOCA court has awarded the death penalty to Faisal Sheikh, Asif Khan, Kamal Ansari, Ehtesham Siddiqui and Naveed Khan. The remaining seven persons who were convicted have been sentenced to life imprisonment.Speaking to the media, the defense lawyer said that he would file an appeal against the verdict.

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. The court also found all the 12 accused guilty under Section 3 (1) (i) of MCOCA, which could also attract capital punishment. The ATS charge sheet 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. 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.

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