Mumbai, Aug 6: According to the latest media reports, the POTA court has awarded death sentence to all three accused in the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts.
The court that termed the incident as the rarest of rare case awarded all the three accused Haneef Sayyed, his wife Fahmeeda and Ashrat Ansari under the charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.
The prosecution pleaded the court for some leniency towards Fahmeeda citing that she is a woman and a mother of a child. However, the court turned down this plea.
Speaking to the press after the ruling, public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikkam revealed that the blasts were planned in Dubai and that there were a few Pakistani elements involved.
Recap: 2003 Mumbai twin
In the twin blasts that was launched in 2003 at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazzar about 52 people were killed and many others were injured. This sentence comes after six year long trial.
The special court on Jul 27 found the three accused guilty under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). And the quantum of sentence is expected to be declared on Aug 4 but was deferred to Aug 6.