Mumbai, Sept 30: The five persons who were awarded a death sentence today were all accused by the Maharashtra ATS of conspiring and planting bombs during the 7/11 Mumbai serial blasts. As per the charges that were framed by the ATS, the roles of each of these persons has been described.
The Special MCOCA court which had convicted 12 persons in the case on September 11 today delivered the verdict on the quantum of the sentence. Out of the 12, the court awarded death sentences to 5 while sentenced to life, 7 others. One person was however acquitted in the case. [Updates: Mumbai 7/11 Blasts Verdict]
Those on death row and their role in the blast:
Kamal Ansari: Helped Pakistani terrorists Aslam and Hafizullah cross into India through Indo-Nepal border.
Faisal Shaikh: Worked for Azam Cheema, the mastermind. He trained in Pakistan and even sent his brother Muzzamil and Tanvir to train.
Ehteshaam Siddiqui: Harboured Pakistani terrorists Ammu Jan, Sabir, Abu Bakr, Kasam Ali and Abu Hasan at Mumbra.
Naveed Hussain: Planted the bomb which exploded at Bandra station.
Asif Khan alias Junaid: Key conspirator Junaid housed Pakistani terrorists at his Mira Road residence. Procured rexine bags, utensils, ammonium nitrate, detonators and also assembled bombs. Planted bomb at Borivali station.
Role played by those who were awarded life sentences:
Dr Tanvir Ansari: Helped in assembling bombs.
Majid Mohammed Shafi: Helped Pakistani terrorists Sabir, Abu Bakr, Kasam Ali, Abu Hasan cross into India through Indo-Bangladesh border.
Shaikh Alam: Surveyed local trains to plan the blasts and planted the at Mira Road station.
Mohammad Sajid Ansari: Procured timer electric circuitry and other devices for 7/11. -Housed Pakistani terrorists Aslam and Haifzulla
Muzammil Shaikh: Surveyed local trains to plan the blasts.
Ansari, Sohail Shaikh: Received hawala money from absconding accused, Rizwan Dhaware for the exeucution of the blasts.
Zameer Shaikh: Surveyed local trains and helped assemble the bombs.