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Sentencing in 2006 Mumbai blasts case on September 30, prosecution seeks death for 'merchants of death'

Sentencing in 2006 Mumbai blasts case on September 30, prosecution seeks death for 'merchants of death'

A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted twelve out of the thirteen accused in the deadly 2006 Mumbai train bombing case.

Mumbai: The sentencing in the 2006 Mumbai blasts case will be done on September 30. The prosecution in the case has sought death penalty for 8 of the 12 convicts in the case.

During the hearing for the quantum of punishment, prosecution called the convicts 'merchants of death, who deserve no mercy'.

A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted twelve out of the thirteen accused in the deadly 2006 Mumbai train bombing which claimed over 200 lives and injured more than 800. One accused had been a acquitted in the case.

The 12 have been convicted under MOCOCA, UAPA, Indian Explosive Act, Damage to pubic property, Railway Act. The detailed judgement has not yet been handed over.

The verdict announced on September 11 was delivered nine years after the blasts targeted the crowded suburban train services in 2006 during the evening peak hours. The bombs that went off in a span of just 11 minutes, were kept in pressure cookers and went off in north-bound locals on Western Railway. Bhayander, Borivali, Jogeshwari, Khar Road, Bandra, Mahim and Matunga Road were targeted.

After the arrest of 22 Indian Mujahideen operatives by the Mumbai crime branch in September 2008, soon there were claims that the ATS had falsely implicated some people.

Mohammed Sadiq Israr Sheikh, the co-founder of Indian Mujahideen claimed it was he who carried out the train bombings and not the men being tried in the Mumbai court. Sadiq later retracted his statement saying it was made under duress.

first published:September 23, 2015, 15:01 IST