Charges framed in Mumbai blasts cases of 2002-2003

Saquib Nachan, an alleged member of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), is one of the main accused.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: June 24, 2014 7:49 pm
blast-L The Mulund blast occurred on March 13, 2003, killing 12 and injuring 71. (Source: Express photo)

Twelve years after blasts rocked the city between December 2002 and March 2003, the special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court on Tuesday framed charges against 16 accused.

Saquib Nachan, an alleged member of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), is one of the main accused.

“The court has framed the charges against all the accused including Nachan and all of them pleaded innocent,” said special public prosecutor Rohini Salian.

In a combined chargesheet filed in the Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central blast cases, police have charged the accused with offences under POTA, Explosive Substances Act and offences of `preparation to wage war against the nation’ and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code.

The Mulund blast occurred on March 13, 2003, killing 12 and injuring 71. Earlier, on December 6, 2002, several persons were injured in the blast at McDonald’s at Mumbai Central station, while a person died when a bomb attached to a cycle exploded in a market area in suburban Vile Parle on January 27, 2003.

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    Girish
    Jun 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    twelve years to frame charges, and another decade for trial- the glacial swiftness of Indian justice.
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      Sachin Jagade
      Jun 25, 2014 at 6:06 am
      The inordinate delay in filing charges against the jihadis who were responsible for the attack can be attributed to the NCP Congress' minority appeat politics. The speed with which this government moved against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur can be easily contrasted with the snails pace movement of cases against the jihadis. PM MODI must now deliver justice to the victims of the jihadi attacks swiftly since the NCP Congress combine in Maharashtra is not going to do anything on this matter.
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        Citizen
        Jun 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm
        Why so much delay???? Do they think that human brain is going to keep the facts for ever like hard copies???? Is it because of political vote bank politics???? or lack of investigation staff??? Hope in future such cases would be given top priority to their final punishment in 1or 2 years time even by giving more staff from other areas. Jaihind
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