Patna : National Investigation Agency Court on Monday ordered Death Sentences to the four accused in the Gandhi Maidan Blast Case. Two other were given life imprisonment, two got 10 years jail term, and one accused was given seven years sentence in connection with the 2013 serial blasts that left six dead and scores injured at the venue of a political rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat.
For the same 10 people were convicted by the court. Special NIA judge Gurvinder Mehrotra, who passed the order, also acquitted one of the accused of want of evidence.
Those who were pronounced guilty are Imtiaz Ansari, Mujibullah, Haider Ali, Firoz Aslam, Omar Ansari, Iftekhar, Ahmed Husain, Umair Siddiqui and Azharuddin. The court acquitted Fakhruddin, he added.
The blasts had taken place at the Gandhi Maidan on October 27, 2013 when the BJP’s ‘Hunkar Rally’ addressed by Modi, who had been declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate, was underway.
The explosions and the ensuing stampede had claimed six lives, while scores were injured.
Although no terror outfit claimed responsibility for the serial blasts, the involvement of SIMI and its new avatar, the Indian Mujahideen, was suspected.
While six of the blasts had taken place around the venue of the rally, two bombs went off within 150 metre of the platform from where Modi delivered his speech. The last bomb went off at 12.25 pm — 20 minutes before Modi and top BJP leaders took the stage. Four live bombs were later discovered near the venue. Also Read – Anupamaa Shows Muslim Kid as Kanha Ji, Fans Laud Makers For Subtle Secularism And Progressive Story.
The first blast took place at platform no 10 of Patna Railway station. This was followed by a number of other blasts that took place at the venue of the Hunkaar rally. Narendra Modi, the then CM of Gujarat, was at the Patna airport when the blasts took place at Gandhi Maidan. He later visited the site when the situation was brought under control.