2002-03 Mumbai blasts case: Court awards quantum of punishment for accused


Mumbai blasts11A Special POTA Court on 6 announced quantum of punishment for the accused in the 2002-03 triple bomb blasts case, which killed 12 persons and seriously injured 27 others.

The court awarded life imprisonment to three accused, and 10-year jail term to  four others, including SIMI former general secretary Saquib Nachan.

Apart from imprisoning prime accused Muzammil Ansari, Wahid Ansari and Farhaan Khot for life, special POTA Judge PR Deshmukh gave three other convicts, Noor Malik, Anwar Ali and Muhammed Kamil, two-year jail term.

On 29 March, the court convicted the 10 accused. The accused were held guilty under various sections of POTA, IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and Railways Act.

The court had acquitted three accused Nadeem Paloba, Harun Lohar and Adnan Mulla for lack of telling evidence.

It may be recalled the triple blasts occurred near McDonald’s eatery in Mumbai Central Terminus in December 2002, another in a Vile Parle market in January 2003 and the third in a crowded ladies compartment near Mulund in March 2003.

“The people, injured, dead or were hit by the blasts, have been served justice at last. After working hard, the investigation team has been successful, so the it should be congratulated,” said Sachin Waze, a former police officer. He said 16 people were arrested in the case of which 15 were granted bail in 2011.