By Muslim Mirror Staff
A special court on Tuesday convicted 49 people and acquitted 28 others in connection with the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city.
The bomb blasts that taken place within on 26 July 2008, leaving 51 persons dead and over 200 injured.
More than 80 accused were put on trial. 28 of them were acquitted. 16 of them were given a benefit of doubt, while 12 were pronounced innocent due to lack of evidence.
49 accused were convicted under section 302 (murder), 120(B) (conspiracy), 307 (attempt to murder), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 326 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections 10, 13, 16 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Special public prosecutor Amit Patel was quoted by PTI as saying that the prosecution had cited the incident as an act of terrorism, and as many as 547 charge sheets were filed and 1,163 witnesses examined during the course of trial.