A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Patna on Friday framed charges against Haider Ali, Mujibullah and Taufique Ansari in the July 7 Bodhgaya serial blasts case.
Charges were framed under IPC sections of criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, attempted murder, causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house etc, house-trespass or break-in by night after preparation for hurt, assault, or wrongful restraint, as well as sections of the Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
The NIA had earlier filed a chargesheet against the three accused before the NIA special court in Patna on September 11 this year.
The NIA’s probe had established that Haider Ali conspired with his co-conspirators to target Buddhist sites to avenge the alleged atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Ali and his associates allegedly undertook five reconnaissance trips to Bodhgaya to track the security arrangements and zero in on the exact places where bombs were to be planted. The accused then allegedly procured material from different places and prepared cylinder bombs and executed the serial blasts.
According to the NIA, the scientific investigation which included forensic analysis and DNA finger printing had established the involvement of the arrested accused in the case.
Haider Ali and his associates were members of SIMI that had been recruiting boys from Ranchi and other places.