Mumbai special court here today convicted 12 accused, all allegedly having links with banned SIMI, holding five of them guilty for murder which could attract death penalty. It has been nine years now since the serial bomb blasts in a train in Mumbai took place. A special court in Mumbai gave its verdict on the case today.
A series of bombs had ripped across seven western suburban coaches killing 189 commuters and injuring 824 on July 11, 2006. Special Judge Y D Shinde, who has been handling the trial in the court of MCOCA at the City Civil and Sessions Court, gave his verdict where in 12 of the 13 accused were found guilty of various stringent charges, including conspiracy and waging war against a nation while acquitting one of them.
The accused were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) between July 20, 2006 and October 3, 2006, but there was a huge controversy surrounding this case in November 2006 as the accused submitted a written notification to the court that they were forced to confess. The charge-sheet comprised of 30 accused, with 13 identified as Pakistani nationals, and 17 as Indians. Four of the 17 Indians are yet to be arrested. A staggering 6,000 exhibits were produced, and a total of 250 defense and prosecution witnesses were examined.
The 12 convicts include 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).
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