Four get demise sentence for 2013 Patna serial blasts at Modi’s rally

A particular NIA court docket on Monday awarded demise sentence to 4 of the 9 folks convicted within the 2013 serial blasts that left six useless right here on the venue of an election rally addressed by Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

Special NIA choose Gurvinder Singh Mehrotra, who had on October 27 pronounced the 9 responsible, additionally sentenced two different accused to life imprisonment, moreover awarding 10 years rigorous imprisonment to as many and 7 years in jail to a different convict.

According to Special Public Prosecutor Lalan Prasad Singh, who argued on behalf of the NIA, capital punishment has been awarded to Haider Ali, Noman Ansari, Mohd Mujibullah Ansari and Imtiyaz Alam.

“The court took a grim view of the series of explosions which were aimed at causing heavy casualties at a gathering of innocent people,” Singh advised reporters outdoors the court docket.

“Two others – Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi – had confessed to their involvement during trial. The court, considering their confession, did not award death sentence to them but only sentenced them for life,” he added.

Notably, 5 of the convicts – Haider Ali, Mohd Mujibullah Ansari, Imtiyaz Alam, Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin Ansari – had been awarded life imprisonment by the court docket three years in the past in reference to the serial blasts that had rocked the worldwide pilgrim metropolis of Bodh Gaya three months previous to the explosions at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

Singh stated of the remaining three convicts, Ahmed Husain and Mohd Firoz Aslam have been awarded 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment, whereas Iftikhar Alam obtained seven years in jail.

The NIA had filed charge-sheets towards altogether 11 folks in reference to the Patna blasts that befell on October 27, 2013, when Modi – then the chief minister of Gujarat – was addressing his maiden public assembly in Bihar.

One of them was a minor and his matter was referred to the juvenile justice board. Another particular person was acquitted by the court docket for need of proof.

A sequence of low-intensity blasts and the resultant stampede had left six folks useless and scores of others injured.

No terrorist outfit had claimed accountability for it but it surely was suspected that banned outfits SIMI and Indian Mujahideen had been behind the incident.

“The NIA argued its case forcefully and cogently. Besides statements of witnesses, electronic evidence was placed on record. It was established that the convicts were involved in the conspiracy which was hatched in Raipur followed by preparing of explosives in Ranchi,” Singh added.