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 Sheikh||18. Sarfuddin Itti||34. Abubasar Sheikh|
|2. Imran Sheikh||19. Md. Sadiq Sheikh||35. Abaas Sameza|
|3. Iqbal Sheikh||20. Md Arif Sheikh||36. Saifu Ansari|
|4. Samsuddin Sheikh||21. Akbar Chaudhary||37. Md. Saif Sheikh|
|5. Javed Sheikh||22. Fazal Durani||38. Zishan Sheikh|
|6. Asif Sheikh||23. Nausad Sayed||39. Jia-ur-Rahman|
|7. Atique Khiljee||24. Ahmed Barelvi||40. Tanveer Pathan|
|8. Mehdi Ansari||25. Rafiq Afidi||41. Abraar Maniyar|
|9. Safiq Ansari||26. Amin Sheik||42. Shaduli Karim|
|10. Rafiuddin||27. Md. Mobin Khan||43. Tausif Pathan|
|11. Arif Mirza||28. Md. Ansar||44. Md. Ali Ansari|
|12. Kabumuddin||29. Gyasuddin Ansari||45. Md. Ismail|
|13. Sibyl Muslim||30. Arif Kagzi||46. Kamruddin|
|14. Safdar Nagori||31. Usmaan||47. Aleem Kazi|
|15. Hafiz Mulla||32. Yunus Mansoori||48. Aniq Sayed|
|16. Sajid Mansoori||33. Imran Pathan||49. Md. Shaqil|
|17. Afzal Usmani|