Verdict in 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case on Jul 27

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Mumbai, Jul 27: A special Pota court on Monday, Jul 27 will announce the verdict of the twin blast that took place in Aug 25, 2003 at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazzar, which left 53 people dead.

The crime branch had said that the twin blast were engineered by members of the 'Gujarat Muslim Revenge Force' to avenge the Gujarat riots. The accused told the police that they planned the blasts in retaliation against "atrocities on Muslims'' in Gujarat.

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It is the most awaited judgement in a terrorist case after the Special TADA Court completed the Mar 2, 1993, serial blasts trial in 2007 which led to the conviction of 100 people, including Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, now a Samajwadi Party leader.

The court will announce its judgement against three accused, Haneef Sayyed (46), an auto driver, his wife Fahmeeda (43) and Ashrat Ansari (32). Fahmeeda is lodged at the Byculla women's prison for the last six years while the two men have been kept at the Arthur Road jail.

A total of 103 witnesses have been examined in court. A taxi driver, a key witness in the case, led the police to the accused and said they travelled in his taxi on the day of the blast.

Defence lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman, said, "There are serious lapses in the police investigation. According to the police, Ladoowala and Batterywala had assembled the explosives and three other accused had planted them. Now that Ladoowala and Batterywala have been discharged from the case, the question that arises is who gave the explosives to the three accused.''

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