Ground Report | New Delhi: Ahmedabad serial blasts case; While hearing the serial blast case in Ahmedabad in the year 2008, the special court has given a historic decision. The court has sentenced 38 out of 49 convicts to death. While 11 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court. 11 convicts have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
In the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, 56 people died and about 200 people were injured. That was the date 26 July 2008. Within 70 minutes there were 21 bomb blasts one after the other in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. Ahmedabad was shaken by these serial bomb blasts and in this 56 people were killed while more than 200 people were injured.
The sentences imposed on each of the 49 convicted under each article of the ICC, the UAPA, the Explosive Substances Act, and the Public Property Damage Prevention Act will be carried out simultaneously. Additionally, the court imposed a fine of Rs 2.85 lakh each on 48 convicts. Agarbattiwala, with his further punishment under the Weapons Act, was fined Rs 2.88 lakh.
On February 8, the special judge had found 49 of the 78 defendants guilty of various offenses under the Indian Penal Code, including murder, sedition, and war against the state, as well as offenses under the UAPA, the explosive substances act.
Earlier, the judge had concluded a hearing on the aspect of the quantum of a sentence with the defense presenting arguments on mitigating circumstances, asking for a minimum sentence, and the prosecution arguing on aggravating circumstances to argue in favor of the sentence. maximum, i.e. the death penalty.
As many as 22 bombs were detonated in Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, at various locations, including the state government-run civilian hospital, LG Hospital run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, in buses, parked bicycles, in cars, and other places, killing 56 people. people and injuring around 200 people. Of the 24 bombs, one in Kalol and one in Naroda did not explode.
The Indian Mujahideen and the extremist organizations named Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami took responsibility for these blasts. Gujarat ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) arrested nine people along with Mufti Abu Bashir, the suspect of the blasts.
In the year 2016, after almost eight years, another accused in the blasts, Nasir Rangrez was also caught. Soon after the blasts, three people were arrested from Surendranagar district of Gujarat, including Hussain Ibrahim, Hail Mohammad, and Abdul Qadir.
In the charge sheet filed in connection with these blasts, 50 more people were named as accused besides Mufti Bashar, Safdar Mansoori, and Safdar Nagori of SIMI.
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