Chennai: A special court on Friday acquitted
eight persons in a case related to serial bomb blasts in three
trains in Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the Babri Masjid demolition
anniversary in 1997 that claimed 10 lives and injured more
Additional Sessions Judge Prem Kumar said the prosecution
had not proved the charges, including conspiracy to plant
bombs in the trains, against them.
The acquitted included a leading member of the outlawed
Jihad committee Kunnakudi Hanifa.
Timer devices were used to trigger RDX and gelatine
explosives in the Chennai-Madurai Pandiyan Express at
Tiruchirapalli, Chennai-Coimbatore Cheran Express at Erode
and Chennai-Alappuzha Express at Thrissur in Kerala on
December 6, 1997.
All the trains originated from Chennai and the blasts
were similar in nature, prosecution said.
CB-CID, which investigated the case, arrested 10 persons
and chargesheeted them. While one of them escaped, another