7/11 Mumbai blasts: Five get death, seven get life imprisonment

Mumbai (IANS) A Mumbai court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to five and life sentence to seven others, all convicted in the 7/11 serial blasts in Mumbai suburban trains which killed 189 people.


7/11 Mumbai train blasts: 5 get death sentence, life imprisonment for 7

Mumbai,(PTI): Nine years after a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled the metropolis killing 188 people, a special MCOCA court here today sentenced five of the 12 convicted in the case to death while the remaining were awarded life imprisonment.

Delivering the verdict, Special Judge Yatin D Shinde pronounced capital punishment for Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38), all of them bomb planters.

The remaining seven, who were spared the noose, are Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43) and Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36).

The blasts had ripped the suburban trains within a span of 10 minutes between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road, Jogeshwari-Mahim Junction, Mira Road- Bhayander, Matunga- Mahim Junction and Borivali.

The court had last week concluded hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence when prosecution demanded death penalty for 8 of the 12 accused while it sought life imprisonment for the remaining four.

On September 23, the Special MCOCA court had reserved its order on sentencing in the case for today.

Earlier, on September 11, it had convicted 12 of the 13 accused, all allegedly having links with banned SIMI, while acquitting one.

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 attracts capital punishment.

During the investigations, 13 accused, all of them Indians, were arrested and brought to trial.

The chargesheet filed by Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in November 2006 had named 30 accused, out of which 17 of them are absconding.

The absconding — 13 Pakistan nationals– include Azam Chima, member of Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

After 12 accused were found guilty, Judge Shinde had allowed the defence lawyers to examine witnesses to bring out the mitigating circumstances in the case.
Defence lawyers subsequently examined nine witnesses to show the court that the accused have undergone reformation and and thus may not be given capital punishment.

The list of witnesses included the relatives of accused, doctors, teachers and others while one of the convicts examined another accused in Mumbai 2012 serial blasts.

After the examination of witnesses, the defence advocates had pleaded leniency saying that the 12 convicts were merely the pawns of mastermind Cheema.


  1. 9 years is too long a wait to seek the ‘Heavenly Maker’ and ‘enjoy’ ‘Paradise FOREVER’. But then, having said that, I MUST admit that the long wait will make them suffer more in ‘Hell’ out here itself.

    And if the govt now goes after that “Kheema/Chima” whatever… well, nothing like it! And err, please bring back that fella called Dawooda Ibraheema.

    I honestly hope that our Shaikh will concur on this fervent prayer of mine.

    Sir, do I hear you say – ‘Aye, aye’?

  2. “I honestly hope that our Shaikh will concur…” – Joker

    Well, you may have to wait for a loooong time!! As a rule, he doesn’t say anything against his masters.

  3. I honestly hope that our Shaikh will concur on this fervent prayer of mine.-Mr.Praveen

    Sir,Please include in your prayers for those unrested souls of ‘Samjhota Express’ as well for the justice and speed trial of those accused from ‘Saffron terror’.

    I will appreciate the court’s work through the dead nights in the same pace upholding death penalty of Yakub memon and President of India enthusiasm signing death penalty.

    Let be equality in justice.

    Jai Hind

    • Sharia Shaikh is totally afraid of saying anything against peace-loving folks without uttering his obligatory references to ‘Samjaata’ express. He is not alone here. There are hundreds of such apologists from Mumbai to New York who do the same thing to dilute the true threat posed by peace-loving folks. There are also hundreds of such shameless apologists masquerading as journalists. I’m glad there are true secular folks like Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Salmaan Rushdie and Majeed Nawaaz. Theses apologists and their lies would be exposed on regular basis.

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