3 get life, four sent to 10 years in jail for 2002-03 triple blasts
MUMBAI: A Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court on Wednesday sentenced Muzammil Ansari, convicted of planting bombs at Mumbai Central, Vile Parle and Mulund in 2002-03, to life in jail. Designated POTA judge PR Deshmukh also sentenced Dr Wahid Ansari, convicted of making of the bombs used in the blasts, and Farhaan Khot, convicted of making parts used to trigger the blasts, to life imprisonment.
The state had sought the death sentence for Muzammil but judge Deshmukh rejected this, saying, “I am of the view that if person is hanged, within a fraction of second his life comes to an end, and he does not realise or feel the mental, emotional and physical agony which victims of the crime or dependents of deceased suffer for their whole life.”
Former general secretary of SIMI Saquib Nachan and Hasib Mulla, the purported key conspirators of the blasts, were sentenced to 10 years in jail.