New Delhi: A special court, formed for the speedy trial of the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, on Friday (February 18, 2022) sentenced 38 of the 49 convicts to death under provisions of UAPA and IPC 302. The court also sentenced 11 others to life imprisonment until death.
Pronouncing the judgment, Special Judge AR Patel awarded a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to those who had died in the blasts. He also awarded a compensation of Rs 50,000 for victims with serious injuries and Rs 25,000 for those with minor ones.
#UPDATE | 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case: 11 convicts have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2022
Earlier on February 8, the court convicted 49 people in the serial blasts case which had claimed 56 lives and left over 200 people injured.
In a gruesome terror attack on July 26, 2008, around 20 bomb blasts had taken place across Ahmedabad within a span of 70 minutes.
The court had convicted the 49 accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosive Substances Act and Damage to Public Property Act. The Sections involved Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 121 (a) (conspiracy to wage war or attempt to wage war against the nation) and 124 (a) (sedition) and Section 16(1)(a)(b) of the UAPA pertaining to terrorist acts.
The Gujarat Police had claimed that the terror attack was carried out by people associated with Indian Mujahideen (IM), a faction of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The police had claimed that the serial blasts were an act of revenge for the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Notably, days after the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, the police had recovered more bombs from different parts of Surat.
It was alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists had planned and executed these explosions as a revenge for the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.
The trial in the case began in December 2009 against 78 people connected with the Indian Mujahideen after the court merged all 35 first information reports, or FIRs. The number of accused came down to 77 after one of them turned approver.