12 convicted in 7/11 Mumbai train blasts

Mumbai (IANS) Twelve people were convicted on Friday in the 7/11 Mumbai trains serial blasts by a special court here.

Nine years after RDX bombs blew up seven peak hour suburban trains on the Western Railway in 11 minutes and killed 189 commuters, the special MCOCA Court delivered its verdict here on Friday.

Initial reports said that five were convicted.

The eight-year-long trial concluded on August 19, 2014 and Special Judge Y.D. Shinde pronounced his judgement.

Besides claiming 189 lives, the serial blasts left 817 injured on the evening of July 11, 2006, from 6.23 p.m. onwards – the peak hour when the suburban trains are choked with commuters going home.

The seven bombs went off in trains at Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Mira Road stations spanning Mumbai and Thane districts.

7/11 Mumbai train blasts verdict on Friday

Mumbai (IANS): Nine years after RDX bombs blew up seven peak hour suburban trains on the Western Railway in 11 minutes and killed 189 commuters, a special MCOCA Court will deliver its verdict here on Friday.

The eight-year-long trial concluded on August 19, 2014 and Special Judge Y.D. Shinde will pronounce his judgement against 13 prime accused in the case which left Mumbai dazed.

Special Judge Shinde has directed the police to produce all accused before the court before noon on Friday.

Besides claiming 189 lives, the serial blasts left 817 injured on the evening of July 11, 2006, from 6.23 p.m. onwards – the peak hour when the suburban trains are choked with commuters going home.

The seven bombs went off in trains at Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Mira Road stations spanning Mumbai and Thane districts.

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had claimed that the suspects were Pakistan’s ISI, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the banned SIMI, who were involved in the conspiracy, planning and execution of the terror attacks.

The trial started in June 2007, but was stayed in February 2008 after one of the 13 accused, Kamal Ansari challenged the phrase ‘promoting insurgency’ in defining organised crime in the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) as ‘unconstitutional’.

In April 2010, the SC dismissed his petition and paved the way for the trial to resume.

Later, in December 2012, the Bombay High Court directed the police to grant access to telephone call date records which pointed out that four of those who are alleged to have planted it were not in the vicinity of Churchgate station or the blasts sites that evening.

The 13 accused are: Kamal Ansari, Dr. Tanvir Ansari, Mohammed Faisal Sheikh, Ehtesham Siddiqui, Mohammed Majid Shafi, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Alam Sheikh, Mohammed Sajid Ansari, Abdul Sheikh, Muzammil Sheikh, Soheil Sheikh, Zameer Sheikh, Naveed Hussein Khan and Asif Khan alias Junaid.

The ATS alleged that some of them were in contact with the LeT in Pakistan and had carried out the blasts.

Police said that highly sophisticated explosives ripped through mainly the first class compartments of the seven local trains, all headed in the northern direction.

While two blasts occurred when the crowded trains neared Borivali and Mahim stations, the others took place when they were leaving the stations or while running to their destinations.

The explosions carried out by around 15-20 kg of RDX, were so powerful that they blew off the double-layered steel roofs and walls of the seven train compartments.

During the marathon trial, the prosecution produced 188 witnesses, including many commuters, survivors, doctors, police personnel and others, with their deposition running into nearly 5,500 pages.

The lengthy trial saw the deposition by around 190 prosecution witnesses, among whom were commuters who were on the ill-fated trains.

Mumbai train blast verdict today 

Mumbai (DHNS): Nine years after serial bombing in suburban trains claimed more than 200 lives and injured 800, a special court in Mumbai is set to deliver its verdict in the case on Friday.

Mumbai train blasts

The blasts took place on July 11, 2006, Tuesday. It was one of the worst and gruesome terror attacks in Mumbai.

The serial blasts, carried out in a span of just 11 minutes, targeted the crowded suburban train services during the evening peak hours as bombs kept in pressure cookers went off on the Western Railway network between Churchgate and Virar.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) investigated the terror attack which was sponsored by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). As many as 13 accused stood trial before a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court.

The crowded trains bound for Borivli and Virar were targeted on the Western Railway with orchestrated blasts – in the evening peak hours – in gents’ first-class compartments. The commuters mostly included executives, businessmen and persons in employment at various levels in government as well as private establishments besides college students.

The LeT executed the carnage with the support of local recruits from the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi).

1 Comment

  1. Dear readers,

    Welcome decision by the the special MCOCA Court which was dragging nearly a decade. India should have zero tolerance to all forms of terrorism.

    How long does it takes MCOCA court which dropped charges under the special law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Lt Col Srikant Purohit and other accused in Malegaon blast case?

    Why there are no headway in Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised finances for the terror act while conspiracy meetings were held at Bhonsala Military School in Nasik.

    Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other seven accused.

    Is MCOCA Court takes orders from center to go slow on ‘Saffron terror’? Does it follows reservation? Why the case is dragging since the martyrdom of Late Hemant Karkare?

    Jai Hind

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