Islamic Terrorism in India

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Death sentence for 3 Islamic terrorists convicted of 2003 Mumbai blasts

Posted by jagoindia on August 6, 2009


Death for all three accused in 2003 Mumbai blasts case
TIMESOFINDIA.COM 6 August 2009,
A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court has awarded the death sentence to all three accused in the 2003 twin Mumbai blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar.
Mohammad Hanif Syed, his wife Fehmida and third conspirator Ashrat Ansari were convicted for planting the bombs on August 25, 2003 that left 54 dead and 244 injured.
They had also planted a bomb on July 28, 2003 in a municipal bus in suburban Ghatkopar which killed two persons.
Syed and Fehmida have been found guilty of planting the bomb at Gateway of India. Ansari delivered the bomb at Zaveri Bazaar. Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has called it a ‘‘rarest of rare’’ case in which the trio had ‘‘enjoyed their act of killing’’. Nikam said they had been unhappy with smaller blasts that resulted in low death tolls and hence used RDX for the twin blasts.
This is for the first time that a married couple is being convicted by a POTA court for their involvement in carrying out blasts.

Death for all three accused in 2003 Mumbai blasts case

TIMESOFINDIA.COM 6 August 2009,

A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court has awarded the death sentence to all three accused in the 2003 twin Mumbai blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar.

Mohammad Hanif  Syed, his wife Fehmida and third conspirator Ashrat Ansari were convicted for planting the bombs on August 25, 2003 that left 54 dead and 244 injured.

They had also planted a bomb on July 28, 2003 in a municipal bus in suburban Ghatkopar which killed two persons.

Syed and Fehmida have been found guilty of planting the bomb at Gateway of India. Ansari delivered the bomb at Zaveri Bazaar. Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has called it a ‘‘rarest of rare’’ case in which the trio had ‘‘enjoyed their act of killing’’. Nikam said they had been unhappy with smaller blasts that resulted in low death tolls and hence used RDX for the twin blasts.

This is for the first time that a married couple is being convicted by a POTA court for their involvement in carrying out blasts.  End

Rediff.com  report

All 3 convicts in 2003 Mumbai blasts get noose

August 06, 2009

Three persons, including a woman, were on Thursday sentenced to death by a special court for their involvement in the 2003 blasts at the iconic Gateway of India [ Images ] and Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai, which claimed 54 lives and injured 244 others. Mohammed Hanif Sayed, his wife Fahimda and Ashrat Ansari were sentenced to death by a special Prevention of Terrorism [ Images ] Act Court.

This is the first time that a couple is being convicted by a POTA court for their involvement in carrying out bomb blasts. The trio was held guilty of planting two bombs that exploded at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on August 25, 2003. They had also planted a bomb on July 28, 2003 in a municipal bus in suburban Ghatkopar which killed two persons.

Hanif, who was present in court dressed in a white kurta pyjama, did not show any reaction when the verdict was delivered. His wife Fahmida remained silent at the time of the pronouncement of the judgment but broke down as she left the court premises.

Speaking outside the court, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the trio deserved the death penalty as the case fell in the rarest of the rare category.

“We are happy that all three got the death penalty. It is a message to people who indulge in terrorism that the law will not spare them if they commit such barbarous acts,” Nikam said.

The trio was sentenced to death under section 3(2) of POTA, and sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 (b) (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, he said. They were sentenced to varying prison terms under the provisions of Explosives Substances Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

“Initially, they had planted a bomb in a bus but since only a few people were killed, they decided to use powerful explosives on the instructions of the Laskhar-e-Tayiba,” Nikam said.

Nikam said Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai was chosen since the trio wanted to target the famous Mumbadevi temple nearby. The historic Gateway of India was also chosen since they wanted to target the nearby Hotel Taj Mahal [ Images ], where many foreign tourists stay.

“The aim of the LeT was to destabilise India with these blasts,” the special public prosecutor said.

Along with the couple, Hanif and Fahimda, their 16-year-old daughter was also arrested for her alleged involvement in the blasts. However, she was discharged since the prosecution chose not to investigate the charges against her, as she was a minor.

Two other accused, Mohammed Ansari Ladoowala and Mohammed Hasan Batterywala, were also discharged from the case by the POTA court, after the Supreme Court upheld a POTA review committee report that said there was no case against the duo.

An accused-turned-approver had told the court that the meeting to hatch the conspiracy was organised in Dubai [ Images ] by the LeT.

LeT activists had come from Pakistan to attend the meeting, the approver, whose name has been kept a secret, said. The motive behind the blasts was to seek vengeance for the atrocities meted out against the minority community during the Godhra carnage in Gujarat in 2002, he had told investigators.

3 Responses to “Death sentence for 3 Islamic terrorists convicted of 2003 Mumbai blasts”

  1. Vinod said

    Good very good. Hang those muslim jihadi’s and than wrap their bodies in pigskin, cremate them and feed their ashes to the pigs

  2. harry said

    They will never be executed as long as the present govt. is in power. Remember Afzal Guru? Muslim appeasement!!!!!!

  3. I agree with Harry (#2). Muslim Right-wing fundamentalist Congress will keep them alive as trophies just like Mohamed Afzal Guru for its divisive vote bank politics.

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