Death sentence to 38 convicted for 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts

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Ahmedabad: A special court here on Friday awarded death sentence to 38 convicted in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case.

The Special court of A R Patel has also sentenced 11 other convicts to life imprisonment till death. As per law, the death sentences now has to be confirmed by the Gujarat High Court.

Ealier on February 8, the court had convicted 49 accused and acquitted 28 others in the case lnked with the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts that claimed 56 lives and left over 200 injured.

Of the 78 accused in this case, one had turned approver. The court sentenced 38 of the 49 convicts to death under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and under various offences of the Indian Penal Code, including for murder, sedition and waging war against the state, as well as under offences of the UAPA and Explosive Substances Act.

Within weeks of the serial blasts, a network of the Indian Mujahidin terrorists was exposed and many arrests were made by the Gujarat Police and the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). The Gujarat police had claimed that these attacks were aimed at taking revenge for the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Indian Mujahidin was a section of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which is a banned oganisation.

The list of all 49 convicts in the case is given below. The names of those who were awarded the death penalty among them will be known later when the detailed court order is made public.

1. Zahid Sheikh18. Sarfuddin Itti34. Abubasar Sheikh
2. Imran Sheikh19. Md. Sadiq Sheikh35. Abaas Sameza
3. Iqbal Sheikh20. Md Arif Sheikh36. Saifu Ansari
4. Samsuddin Sheikh21. Akbar Chaudhary37. Md. Saif Sheikh
5. Javed Sheikh22. Fazal Durani38. Zishan Sheikh
6. Asif Sheikh23. Nausad Sayed39. Jia-ur-Rahman
7. Atique Khiljee24. Ahmed Barelvi40. Tanveer Pathan
8. Mehdi Ansari25. Rafiq Afidi41. Abraar Maniyar
9. Safiq Ansari26. Amin Sheik42. Shaduli Karim
10. Rafiuddin27. Md. Mobin Khan43. Tausif Pathan
11. Arif Mirza28. Md. Ansar44. Md. Ali Ansari
12. Kabumuddin29. Gyasuddin Ansari45. Md. Ismail
13. Sibyl Muslim30. Arif Kagzi46. Kamruddin
14. Safdar Nagori31. Usmaan47. Aleem Kazi
15. Hafiz Mulla32. Yunus Mansoori48. Aniq Sayed
16. Sajid Mansoori33. Imran Pathan49. Md. Shaqil
17. Afzal Usmani

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