Nine years after seven serial blasts ripped through Mumbai’s commuter trains, a MCOCA court on Friday convicted 12 of 13 men accused of planning the bombings, that killed 88 people and wounded hundreds.

Seven bombs went off within 15 minutes on the packed trains during the evening rush hour in Mumbai on 11 July, 2006. The bombs were packed into pressure cookers then placed in bags and hidden under newspapers and umbrellas on the trains.

Police say the attack was triggered by some disaffected people at the behest of Pakistan-based Islamist militants.

The convicted men could face death by hanging or life in prison, with sentencing set to begin on Monday. “Whatever sentence the judge hands out, it should be able to satisfy the public at large," prosecution lawyer Raja Thakare told the media after the verdict came out.

Yakub Memon, the lone death convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was hanged on 30 July 2015. Though opinions were divided on the rationality of death sentence as a form of punishment, the government went ahead with the decision.

In 1980, the Supreme Court held that death penalty was an exception that could be awarded only in the “rarest of rare" cases. But in recent years, there has been considerable debate over how the judiciary gets influenced by its perception of the “collective conscience" of society in deciding punishments.

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