7/11 train blasts: Sentencing today, prosecution will demand maximum punishment

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New Delhi, Sept 14: The Special MCOCA court which had convicted 12 persons in connection with the Mumbai 7/11 or the serial train blasts case will deliver the quantum of sentence today. The prosecution will argue the case seeking maximum punishment for the convicts before which the Judge, Y S Shinde will deliver the verdict on the quantum of sentence.

The prosecution will seek life imprisonment for 4 accused while in the case of 8 others the death penalty would be sought. Depending on the quantum of sentence awarded the next legal course of action would be taken which also include filing an appeal against the acquittal of Abul Wahid.

Also read: 2006 Mumbai train blasts: How investigations unfolded and who did what

7/11 blasts sentencing today

Death sentence for 8

The prosecution would argue that the key conspirators and also those five persons who planted the bombs must be awarded death penalty.

Sources say that the key conspirators play the biggest role and it is on their instructions that the entire operation is planned and executed. Even those five persons who planted the bombs would have to be awarded death penalty, a member of the prosecution informed.

The five persons who planted the bombs had done so willfully and it was not as though they were remote controlled. They were fully in the know of the operation and even took part in the training apart from surveying the trains that they bombed.

Also read: 2006 Mumbai train blast: As usual the mastermind is at large

List of convicted persons

On Friday the Special MCOCA court convicted 12 persons and acquitted one. Among those convicted are Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohd Sajid Ansari (35), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) Asif Khan (38).

While the sentencing of these persons will bring about a closure to the case, it is to be noted that the main conspirator and mastermind Azam Cheema is in Pakistan. In fact after the 7/11 blasts, he was even promoted and today he is the operations advisor to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

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