7/11 Mumbai train blast verdict: 12 accused convicted; 1 acquitted

A special court found 12 out of 13 accused guilty in the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train blasts case, which killed 189 and injured around 700

Mumbai: A special court administering the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) has found 12 out of 13 accused guilty in the 11 July 2006 train blasts case, which killed 189 and injured around 700.

One of the accused was acquitted by judge Y.D. Shinde.

The case was investigated by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS). The blasts were caused by using RDX explosives stored in pressure cookers for maximum impact.

All blasts took place on north-bound Western Railways suburban trains between 6.24pm and 6.35pm. The timing of the blast was carefully chosen as the trains are most crowded in the evening.

Those convicted include Kamal Ansari, Faizal Sheikh, Siddiqui Abdul, Naved Husain and Nasim Khan. The accused who has been acquitted is Abdul Wahid Sheikh. However, another 15 accused in the case are still on the run.

A total of 192 prosecution witnesses were examined during the case. While the defence produced 52 witnesses, one was summoned by the court.

The case saw many twists and turns. The accused challenged their trial under MCOCA and secured a stay from the Supreme Court in 2008. However, the apex court lifted the stay in 2010.

The trial got over in August last year.

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