2005 Delhi blasts mas­ter­mind gets 10-yr jail, but walks free

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Abhinav Ra­jput let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A court sen­tenced a man to 10 years in jail for Delhi’s worst ter­ror at­tack and freed two oth­ers, rais­ing ques­tions over the po­lice probe into the se­rial blasts that killed 67 peo­ple and in­jured 200. Three sep­a­rate ex­plo­sions ripped through crowded spots in the heart of the Cap­i­tal on Oc­to­ber 29, 2005, just be­fore Di­wali.

The po­lice charged the three with mur­der, con­spir­acy, col­lect­ing arms and wag­ing war against the state — which car­ried a max­i­mum sen­tence of death. But the court ob­served Delhi po­lice “mis­er­ably failed” to prove the charges.

Tariq Ah­mad Dar was con­victed on mi­nor charges. Mo­hammed Rafiq Shah and Mo­hammed Hussain Fazili were ac­quit­ted. Dar One of the ac­cused, Mo­hammed Hussain Fazili, at the Pa­tiala House court af­ter the ver­dict in the 2005 Delhi se­rial blasts. has al­ready served 11 years in jail — more than his sen­tence — but won’t walk out free as he hasn’t got bail in a money-laun­der­ing case.

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