It has been nine years now since the serial bomb blasts in a train in Mumbai took place. A special court in Mumbai will give 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, will give his decision that will decide the fate of the 13 accused criminals who have been booked under various stringent charges, including conspiracy and waging war against a nation.
The lawyers, public prosecutor and the jail authorities have been informed by the court about the verdict date which is on Thursday afternoon, with all the accused asked to be present in the court’s trial room. 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.
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