Guwahati: Sixteen years later, after serial bomb attacks rocked the holy city of Varanasi, terrorist Waliullah was found guilty and sentenced to death by a Ghaziabad court on Monday.
Explosions at the Sankat Mochan temple and cantonment station on March 7, 2006 left at least 20 people dead and over 100 injured. District Sessions Judge Jitendra Kumar Sinha convicted Waliullah in two cases that were filed under the ICC’s Murder, Attempted Murder and Dismemberment Articles and under the Explosives Act, said said district government lawyer Rajesh Sharma.
On March 7, 2006, the first explosion took place at 6:15 p.m. inside the Sankat Mochak Temple at the Lanka Police Station. After 15 minutes, a bomb exploded in front of the first class retreat hall at Varanasi Cantonment Station.
On the same day, a cooker bomb was also discovered near the gates of a level crossing at DashmaVedh police station. Varanasi’s lawyers had refused to plead the case. Allahabad High Court had transferred the case to Ghaziabad District Court. In the three cases, 121 witnesses were produced in court.
In April 2006, the special task force, which was investigating the blasts, claimed he was linked to a terrorist group in Bangladesh Harkat-ul-jehad Al Islami and was the mastermind behind the blasts.