Nine convicted by NIA court in 2013 Patna serial bomb explosion

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An explosion took place on October 27, 2013 during a rally addressed by the candidate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Special Court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday convicted nine of the ten people charged in the Gandhi Maidan serial bombings case in Patna, in which six people died and 80 were injured .

The quantum of the sentence will be pronounced by the court on November 1.

The incident occurred during the “Hunkar” rally addressed by Chief Minister of Gujarat and candidate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 27, 2013. Mr. Modi addressed the rally even after the explosions at the site.

The NIA had filed a complaint against 10 people in this case. A Faqruddin was acquitted by the NIA special tribunal for lack of evidence.

All of the accused were suspected members of the Islamic Student Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mojahedin (IM).

Those who have been sentenced are Numan Ansari, Haider Ali alias “black beauty”, Mohammad Mujibullah Ansari, Omar Siddiqui, Azharuddin Qureshi, Ahmad Hussain, Mohammad Iftekhar Alam, Mohd. Firoz Aslam and a minor whose identity has been protected.

One of the accused, Tariq Ansari, died after placing a bomb in a toilet at the Patna intersection.

No less than 17 improvised explosive devices – seven of which exploded – were found in and around the Gandhi Maidan on October 27, 2013.

Most of the accused were residents of Sithio in Ranchi de Jharkhand. They are currently held in Beur central prison in Patna.

The NIA had taken up the case on November 6, 2013. A total of 250 prosecution witnesses were brought before the trial court for cross-examination.


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