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HC upholds life to 11 in 1998 blasts case

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published on:July 20, 2013 2:26 am

Bombay High Court (HC) upheld Friday the life sentence handed to 11 accused,including a Pakistan national,for alleged involvement in serial bomb blasts near and at central and western railway stations in 1998.

Four people were killed and 30 injured in the blasts.

Aftab Sayeed,Asgar Kadar Shaikh,Kadeer Mohammed Shafi,Khalid Ansari,Shabeer Basheer Chavan,Jaffar Shaikh,Mohammed Chauhan,Ashfaque Shaikh,Farooque Yusuf Shaikh,Aftab Shaikh and Javed Gulam Hussain of Pakistan were held guilty by a trial court on June 29,2004.

Another Pakistan national Shamshad Haider Qadar was acquitted for lack of evidence and deported.

Five explosions took place between January 23 and February 27,1998,at Kanjurmarg station,near Virar station,on tracks between Goregaon and Malad,near Santacruz station and on platform 2 of Kandivali station.

The prosecution claimed the conspiracy was hatched by the accused in December 1997 at the instance of Pakistan spy agency Inter Services Intelligence.

While an accused-turned-approver turned hostile during the trial,three accused died.

The defence said the explosions were not linked and were not part of one conspiracy.

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