Thane blast: Prosecution did not prove terror act
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 00:43
Mumbai: The sessions court here, which convicted two members of the Hindu right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha for bomb blasts in Thane and Panvel in 2008, last month, has said the case was not that of a terrorist act.

"It is nowhere in the case of prosecution that the accused, by their acts, intended to threaten unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India," the court said. Detailed copy of the judgement was available on Friday.

"The alleged motive of the crime is objection to performance of the drama 'Aamhi Pachpute' for alleged mockery of Hindu Gods in it. It appears to be only against the producer of the drama," the court said.

Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari and Vikram Vinay Bhave were found guilty of lesser offences under IPC and Explosive Substances Act for causing low-intensity blasts in which eight persons were injured but were acquitted of more serious charges of attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and various provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The sessions court acquitted four others for want of evidence.

The court has noted that though police's application for destruction of gelatin sticks and detonators had been rejected, the investigating officer (IO) Bhimrao Rathod still went on to destroy the material.

It also said there was no evidence on record to establish that the accused were against the screening of the film "Jodha Akbar "for distortion" of historical facts and hence no motive was proved in respect of the incident at Cineraj Theatre.

"Considering the nature of explosion, injuries at Gadkari Rangayatan and the intent of Gadkari and Bhave (which) was only to create fear in the mind of the producer of the said drama... the offence under section 307 was not attracted against the accused," it has said.

The Thane blast had occurred on June 4, 2008, to protest the staging of the Marathi play while the bomb planted at Cineraj cinema hall in Panvel on February 20, 2008, was detected and defused. Another blast had taken place outside Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium in Vashi on May 31, 2008.


First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 00:43

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