Coimbatore serial bomb blast: Three more accused

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Coimbatore, Oct 18 (UNI) The Special Court Judge K Uthirapathy today sentenced three more accused in the Coimbatore serial bomb blast case to three to seven years imprisonment on various charges and posted the next hearing to October 22.

The Judge said on October 22 the court would pronounce whether the sentence to 70 other accused including banned Al-umma President S A Pasha and Secretary Mohammed Ansari, would be given on October 24 as announced earlier.

Today, the Judge sentenced the three accused -- Abudakeer, Bugari alias, Ummar and Sultan, Alias Sithiq Ali -- for three year to seven years imprisonment on various charges. Since they were already in prison for more than nine years, they were released.

However, they were sent back to prison as they were convicted to life imprisonment in other cases.

Among the 88 sentenced in the serial bomb blasts case, 83 were released as they were punished for less than nine years and they had been in judicial custody for more than nine years.

The serial blasts which had rocked the textile city on February 14, 1998 claimed 58 lives, injured over 250 people.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of CBCID had arrested 168 people, including Kerala-based People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Abdul Nasser Maudhani.

The Judge had acquitted eight accused, including Maudhani. One accused, Mohammed Dustagir, died in judicial custody. Minor charges other than criminal conspiracy were proved against 88 accused. Major charges of criminal conspiracy were proved against 70 accused, while one accused Riaz-ur-Rahman had turned approver.

UNI

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