MUMBAI: 12 out of 13 have been convicted by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in the deadly 2006 Mumbai suburban train bombing that killed more than 200 and injured more than 800. One accused has been acquitted in the case involving the terrorist activity.
While the nation cries for a severe punishment, the quantum of punishment for the convicts is yet to be announced. The arguments on the punishment are expected to happen on Saturday and the possibility is strong that the decision is announced the same day. The detailed judgment is also yet not handed over.
The verdict announced on Friday has come nine years after the blasts targeted the crowded suburban train services in 2006 during the peak hours in evening.
Within a span of 11 minutes, the bombs exploded in different ways including one kept in pressure cooker. Bhayander, Borivali, Jogeshwari, Khar Road, Bandra, Mahim and Matunga Road became the target of the attack.
Soon after the arrest of 22 Indian Mujhaideen operatives by the Mumbai crime branch two years after the attack in 2008, there were claims that the ATS had falsely implicated some people in the case.
Co-Founder of Indian Mujahideen, Mohammad Sadiq Israr Sheikh claimed that it was he who carried out the train bombings and not the men being tried in the Mumbai court. However, he later took back his statement claiming that he offered the same under pressure.
In the list of the convicted under Section 302, few names include Kamal Ansari, Mohammad Faisal Sheik, Ehtesham Siddiqui, Naveed Hussain, Asif Khan Bashir Khan. Abdul Shaikh on the other is acquitted under the same section.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) speaking about the verdict claimed that they are satisfied with the verdict so far.