You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

7/11 blasts: 5 sentenced to death, life for seven in Mumbai train bombing case

A special court on Wednesday sentenced 5 of the 12 convicted to deah for the 7/11 Mumbai train blasts

BS Web Team  |  Mumbai 

Mangled coach at Mahim station. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
Mangled coach at Mahim station. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

    In 10 years, 1,303 death sentences but only 3 executions

    12 convicted in 7/11 Mumbai train blast case

    7 things you must know about 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts conspirator Yakub Memon

    Yakub Memon set to be hanged at 7 am today

    Being pressurised to go soft on Hindu extremists in Malegaon blasts case, says prosecutor


    Do you support the death penalty to the five convicts in the 7/11 blasts case?

    • Yes, they deserved it
    • No death penalty is inhuman, give them prison for life

A special court on Wednesday sentenced five convicts to death in the 7/11 Mumbai train blasts, and ordered life imprisonment for the remaining seven convicted of carrying out the deadly series of bomb blasts in suburban trains that killed 188 people nine years ago.

Special Judge Yatin D Shinde had last week concluded hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence when prosecution demanded death penalty for eight of the 12 convicts while it sought life imprisonment for the remaining four.

On September 23, the Special MCOCA court had reserved its order on sentencing in the case for September 30.

Earlier, on September 11, it had convicted 12 of the 13 accused, all allegedly having links with banned SIMI, while acquitting one.

The accused were found guilty of charges under IPC, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Indian Railway Act and those under MCOCA.

The court also found all the 12 accused guilty under Section 3 (1) (i) of MCOCA, which could also attract capital punishment.

Those convicted are 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).

After 12 accused were found guilty, Judge Shinde, later, allowed the defence lawyers to examine witnesses to bring out the mitigating circumstances in the case.

After the examination of witnesses, the defence advocates pleaded leniency, saying that the 12 convicts were merely the pawns of mastermind Azam Cheema, member of Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

They also pointed out that the convicts faced several hardships in jail and that was also one of the mitigating circumstances.

On the other hand, special public prosecutor Raja Thakare called the convicts "merchants of death" and pressed for capital punishment to eight of the twelve convicts.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, September 30 2015. 12:29 IST