A particular NIA court docket on Monday awarded loss of life sentence to 4 of the 9 individuals convicted within the 2013 serial blasts that left six lifeless right here on the venue of an election rally addressed by Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
Particular NIA choose Gurvinder Singh Mehrotra, who had on October 27 pronounced the 9 responsible, additionally sentenced two different accused to life imprisonment, moreover awarding 10 years rigorous imprisonment to as many and 7 years in jail to a different convict.
In response to Particular Public Prosecutor Lalan Prasad Singh, who argued on behalf of the NIA, capital punishment has been awarded to Haider Ali, Noman Ansari, Mohd Mujibullah Ansari and Imtiyaz Alam.
“The court docket took a grim view of the sequence of explosions which have been geared toward inflicting heavy casualties at a gathering of harmless individuals,” Singh instructed reporters exterior the court docket.
“Two others – Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi – had confessed to their involvement throughout trial. The court docket, contemplating their confession, didn’t award loss of life sentence to them however solely sentenced them for all times,” he added.
Notably, 5 of the convicts – Haider Ali, Mohd Mujibullah Ansari, Imtiyaz Alam, Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin Ansari – have been awarded life imprisonment by the court docket three years in the past in reference to the serial blasts that had rocked the worldwide pilgrim metropolis of Bodh Gaya three months previous to the explosions at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.
Singh mentioned of the remaining three convicts, Ahmed Husain and Mohd Firoz Aslam have been awarded 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment, whereas Iftikhar Alam received seven years in jail.
The NIA had filed charge-sheets towards altogether 11 individuals in reference to the Patna blasts that passed off on October 27, 2013, when Modi – then the chief minister of Gujarat – was addressing his maiden public assembly in Bihar.
One among them was a minor and his matter was referred to the juvenile justice board. One other particular person was acquitted by the court docket for need of proof.
A sequence of low-intensity blasts and the resultant stampede had left six individuals lifeless and scores of others injured.
No terrorist outfit had claimed accountability for it however it was suspected that banned outfits SIMI and Indian Mujahideen have been behind the incident.
“The NIA argued its case forcefully and cogently. Moreover statements of witnesses, digital proof was positioned on file. It was established that the convicts have been concerned within the conspiracy which was hatched in Raipur adopted by making ready of explosives in Ranchi,” Singh added.