Trial starts in 2008 serial blasts involving IM militants
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 21:26
New Delhi: The trial in serial blasts case of 2008 in the national capital commenced on Tuesday in a Delhi court with recording of the statements of some doctors who said the victims had suffered injuries due to the impact of explosions allegedly triggered by Indian Mujahideen militants.

The blasts that had occurred in quick succession in crowded localities on September 13, 2008, left 26 people dead and 135 injured.

Five cases were registered in connection with explosions at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road and Central Park in Connaught Place, M-Block Market in Greater Kailash and recovery of bomb near India Gate.

The doctors, four from Lady Hardinge Medical College and one from Maulana Azad Medical College, deposed before Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann and supported the prosecution theory that the victims died and were injured due to the impact of the explosion.

The doctors had performed the autopsy of the bodies and were also cross-examined by the lawyers of the alleged militants and the case is listed for hearing on July 13.

The court had earlier framed charges against 13 suspected Indian Mujahideen modules for their alleged role in the serial blasts. They were charged with waging war against the state and killing people in the blast.

"Prima facie, offences punishable under sections 121A/121 (waging war against the nation), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (mischief to property) read with 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Explosives Substance Act, the Information Technology Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act are made out against the 13 accused," the court had said.

One of the accused in the case, Salman was discharged by the court which said there was no evidence of his involvement in the blasts.

The suspected IM modules against whom the charges were framed include Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Zia-ur-Rehaman, Saquib Nisar, Mohd Sadique, Kayamuddin Kapadia, Mohd Hakim, Mohd Mansoor Ashgar Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh, Asif Bashiruddin, Mohd Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Shahzad Ahmed, after they pleaded 'not guilty' and claimed trial.

Among the 14 accused, five were arrested by Delhi police following an encounter at Batla House here on September 19, 2008.

Of the remaining accused, four were apprehended by Mumbai police, three by Uttar Pradesh police and one each by Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh police.

Delhi Police had registered the cases under different laws, including anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 21:26

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