Nearly a decade after RDX bombs blew up seven peak hour suburban trains on the Western Railways, killing 189 commuters, a special court today has found 12 of the 13 accused guilty, in the 2006 Mumbai blasts case.
Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38) were convicted for these blasts and one accused, Abdul Wahid Shaikh, was acquitted.
On July 11, 2006 a series of explosions killed 189 commuters and injured 824. The 13 arrested, were booked under various stringent charges which include conspiracy and waging war against nation. They were arrested between July 20, 2006 and October 3, 2006 by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
The seven powerful bombs went off in trains at Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Mira Road stations spanning Mumbai and Thane districts. 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’. The top court, however, declined his petition and paved the way for the trail to in April 2010.
Bombay High Court, later in December 2013, 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.