Thursday 6 August 2009

2003 Mumbai blasts accused get death sentence

August 6: A special POTA court in Mumbai has awarded death sentence to the three accused held guilty last week for the 2003 blasts that killed over 50 people.
This is the first time a husband and wife have been held guilty of terror activities in the country.
The court had held them guilty of conspiracy, murder and also under the prevention of terrorism act or POTA. This has been the biggest blasts case after the 1993 serial blasts trial and took six years to complete.
The special POTA judge M R Puranik had convicted Ashrat Ansari (32), Hanif Sayed Anees (46) and his wife Fehmida Sayed (43) last week for their role in carrying out the blasts in which 52 people were killed and 100 injured.
The convicts were also involved in placing an unexploded bomb in a bus at suburban SEEPZ on December 2, 2002, and another explosive device in a bus at Ghatkopar on July 28, 2003 in which two persons were killed due to the explosion.

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