Mumbai/Nagpur: A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) Court today awarded life sentence to three of the 10 people who were found guilty in the 2002-2003 Mumbai blasts case today.
Those sentenced to spend their lives in prison include prime accused Muzammil Ansari. Five others were handed out up to 10 years in jail and the remaining two others have been sentenced up to two years. The triple blasts which rocked Mumbai between December 2002 and March 2003, killed 12 people and injured 27 others.
The court had last month convicted the 10 and acquitted three others in the case. The convicts include Saquib Nachen, a former general secretary of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India. They were held guilty under various sections of the POTA, Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and the Railways Act.
“The people who were injured, dead or were affected by the blasts, they have been served justice. After working very hard, the investigation team has been successful, so the investigation team should be congratulated,” said Sachin Waze, a former police officer.
The court had acquitted Nadeem Paloba, Harun Lohar and Adnan Mulla.
The bomb blasts took place across Mumbai over a span of three months, killing 12 and leaving over 27 people seriously injured. The first blast took place on December 6, 2002, at McDonald’s restaurant in the main building premises of the Mumbai Central railway station, the second one on January 27, 2003 in a crowded market in Vile Parle East followed by an explosion in a Karjat-bound local train at the Mulund railway station on March 13, 2003.
16 people were arrested in the case of which 15 were granted bail in 2011. Muzammil Ansari, an engineer who has been found guilty of planting bombs at the locations, was refused bail on several occasions.