1993 Surat blasts: SC acquits all 11 convicts
The Supreme Court on Friday acquitted all 11 convicts in the 1993 Surat blasts cases.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday acquitted all 11 convicts in the 1993 Surat blasts cases.
A school girl was killed and several others were injured in the 1993 Surat blasts that took place in January and February.
An apex court bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice C Nagappam, while acquitting the 11 accused, reversed the TADA court verdict that gave them imprisonment varying from 10 to 20 years.
The two blasts had taken place in January 1993 in Varachha area and on the platform number one of Surat railway station during the communal riots that broke out after the demolition of Babri Masjid.
The blast at Varachha had claimed the life of a school girl, Alpa Patel, and injured 11 others, while that on the railway station had wounded around 20 people.
In October 2008, a TADA court in Surat had sentenced five persons, including former Congress minister Mohammad Surti, to 20 years in prison while others were awarded 10 years jail term in the cases.
(With agency inputs)