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2003 Mumbai twin blasts: A chronology

The chronology of the 2003 twin blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar followed by the ensuing investigation and legal trial.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai |
August 6, 2009 1:25:08 pm

Following is the chronology of the 2003 twin blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar:

August 25,2003: Blasts at Zaveri Bazaar and Gateway of India in south Mumbai. 52 killed and 244 injured.

August 31,2003: Three accused Ashrat Ansari (32),Hanif Sayed (46) and wife Fahmida Sayed (43) arrested.

October 1,2003: Two more accused,Mohammed Ansari Ladoowala and Mohammed Hasan Batterywala,held.

October 2,2003: Another accused Zaheer Patel (name changed as he later became approver in case) arrested.

February 5,2004: Chargesheet filed against six accused in the case in Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court.

May 5,2004: Patel declared approver and pardoned by POTA court.

June 20,2004: Charges framed by court against five accused.

September 2,2004: Trial commences.

December 2008: Ladoowala and Batterywala discharged from case after Supreme Court upholds POTA review committee report.

July 27,2009 : Ashrat Ansari,Hanif Sayed and wife Fahmida convicted by special POTA court.

August 4,2009: Prosecution seeks death penalty for accused.

August 6,2009: Ashrat Ansari,Hanif Sayed and wife Fahmida awarded death penalty by court.

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