In­dia sen­tences 5 to death for 2006 Mum­bai train bomb­ing

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

An In­dian court on Wed­nes­day sen­tenced five sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants to death and gave seven oth­ers life in prison for bomb­ing at­tacks nine years ago on seven Mum­bai com­muter trains that killed 188 peo­ple and wounded more than 800.

Judge Y.D. Shinde, who con­victed them ear­lier this month for mur­der and a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy to wage war against the gov­ern­ment, im­posed deaths sen­tences on five of the men who the pros­e­cu­tion said had planted the ex­plo­sives on the trains.

Seven bombs ex­ploded dur­ing a 10-minute span dur­ing the evening rush hour in July 2006 in Mum­bai, the fi­nan­cial and en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal of In­dia.

A de­fense at­tor­ney said he would ap­peal the Mum­bai court ver­dict.

The trial in In­dia’s no­to­ri­ously slow jus­tice sys­tem lasted more than seven years. One per­son was ac­quit­ted for lack of ev­i­dence.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the at­tack was hatched by Pak­istan’s Di­rec­torate of In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence and car­ried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba op­er­a­tives with help from the Stu­dents’ Is­lamic Move­ment of In­dia, a banned mil­i­tant or­ga­ni­za­tion. Pak­istan has de­nied the charges.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is a Pak­istan­based Is­lamic mil­i­tant group.

The 12 con­victed men were be­lieved to be­long to the In­dian mil­i­tant group.

K.P. Raghu­van­shi, a po­lice of­fi­cer who in­ves­ti­gated the case, said one Pak­istani sus­pect was killed in the blasts and another was shot dead by In­dian po­lice. But there was no in­de­pen­dent con­fir­ma­tion of his claim.

In­dia ac­cuses Pak­istan of arm­ing and train­ing Is­lamic in­sur­gents, a charge Pak­istan de­nies.

The neigh­bor­ing coun­tries have fought three wars, two of them over con­trol of dis­puted Kash­mir, since their in­de­pen­dence from the UK in 1947 and have been en­gaged in a fit­ful peace process in re­cent years.

AP

One of the men ac­cused in the 2006 Mum­bai train bomb­ings looks from a po­lice van as he is taken from a prison to a court in Mum­bai, In­dia, Wed­nes­day, Sept. 30.

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