2008 Ahmedabad serial bombing case: Special court imposes death penalty on 38 people and 11 sentenced to life imprisonment

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In Gujarat, a special court appointed in Ahmedabad has handed down the death sentence to 38 convicts in the case of the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bombing that killed 56 and injured more than 200 people. Handing down the quantum of sentence today in the rarest of rare cases, Special Judge AR Patel sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment until death.

The punishment was imposed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Explosive Substances Act and Damage to Public Property Act. The Special Court also ordered compensation for the families of the victims.

The court ordered compensation of one lakh rupees to the families of the victims, while compensation of 50,000 rupees to those seriously injured in this serial bombing case. This is the first time in the country, where the maximum 38 convicts have been sentenced to death.

Previously, the special court heard defense lawyers and the prosecution on February 11 and 14. The special court had postponed the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence and asked the defense lawyer to produce all the documents relating to the convicts before the court.

The court convicted 49 people in the case of the serial explosion in Ahmedabad in 2008, which left 56 dead and more than 200 injured. In his verdict on the 8th of this month, Special Judge AR Patel acquitted the other 28 defendants, giving them the benefit of the doubt.

The 49 defendants were convicted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act and the Damage to Public Property Act.

AIR correspondent reports that the conviction and punishment in the Ahmedabad serial blast case is the result of a strong investigation by Gujarat Police. Gujarat Police had not only solved the whole conspiracy but also severed the link of anti-national organizations in the country during the long investigation.

There was a series of bomb explosions in Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, which left 56 people dead and over 200 injured. The explosions were set off in crowded public places, including two hospitals, to strike terror among the public.

A total of twenty-three explosions took place in Ahmedabad that day in the space of just ninety minutes. Prior to the serial explosions, TV stations and the media received an email allegedly from a group called Indian Mujahideen warning that such a series of explosions would occur. Subsequently, the alert police had also recovered 29 live bombs from various parts of Surat city.

The BJP hailed the judgment of a Special Appointed Court which handed down death sentences to 38 convicts in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bombing case. Briefing the media in New Delhi, the door BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia called the judgment historic. He said this sent a harsh message to terrorist organizations.

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