3 get life, four sent to 10 years in jail for 2002-03 triple blasts

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Charul Shah charul.shah@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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