The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday sentenced five convicts to death for their involvement in Mumbai train serial blast case that took place on July 11, 2006.

Nine years after a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled the metropolis killing 188 people, a special MCOCA court on Wednesday sentenced five of the 12 convicted in the case to death while the remaining were awarded life imprisonment.Delivering the verdict, Special Judge Yatin D Shinde pronounced capital punishment for Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38), all of them bomb planters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The remaining seven, who were spared the noose, are Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43) and Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36).The blasts had ripped the suburban trains within a span of 10 minutes between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road, Jogeshwari-Mahim Junction, Mira Road- Bhayander, Matunga- Mahim Junction and Borivali.Designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Judge Yatin D Shinde had on September 11 held them guilty of complicity in the crime while acquitting 34-year-old Abdul Wahid Shaikh, also an accused, in the case.The court had held the accused guilty of many charges under IPC, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Indian Railway Act. They were found guilty of planting bombs in local trains which exploded at various stations during peak hours causing panic among the commuters returning home from work.Seven RDX bombs had exploded within a span of 10 minutes in the first class coaches of Mumbai’s suburban trains on July 11, 2006. ‚ÄčAll the 12 convicts had earlier requested the trial court to not award them death sentence on humanitarian grounds as arguments started on the quantum of punishment for one of the deadliest terror attacks on Indian soil.As many as 188 people were killed and many others injured when a series of powerful bombs.

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7/11 Mumbai blast verdict: Five convicts sentenced to death, seven awarded life imprisonment