Delhi 2005 blast verdict: Mastermind sentenced to 10-years in prison, two other accused acquitted
The verdict comes 11 years after the tragedy that killed more than 60 people and injured over 200 in Delhi just two days before Diwali.
Delhi's Patiala House Special Court on Thursday acquitted all three accused of planning a terror attack in the 2005 Delhi blasts that ripped across crowded market places in Central Delhi on the festival of Dhanteras.
The attack's mastermind, Tariq Ahmed Dar has been convicted under Unlawful Activities Act and sentenced to 10 years in jail, a sentence he has already served. Meanwhile, two other accused Mohammed Hussain Fazili and Mohammed Rafiq Shah have been acquitted of all charges.
According to a report in The Hindustan Times states that Tariq was chargesheeted for his alleged contacts with Laskar-e-Taiba militants, while the other two were accused of charges like murder, attempt to murder, waging a war against the state. While Tariq was convicted for masterminding the attack, the other two accused were let off due to lack of evidence.
The verdict comes 11 years after the tragedy that killed more than 60 people and injured over 200. The three explosions hit two markets in central and south Delhi and a bus in the Govindpuri area on 29 October, 2005, two days before Diwali.
The first explosion took off at Paharganj, a teeming market hub near the New Delhi Railway Station at around 5:30 in the evening.
The second blast took place in a crowded DTC bus near Govindpuri area, however, much loss of life was averted as the alert driver and conductor of the bus asked the passengers to disembark the bus. They threw off the unclaimed bag containing the bomb just in time to avert any loss of life, however, several passengers were injured, according to a report in India Today.
The third blast took place at around 6 pm in Delhi's Sarojini Nagar market that was jam-packed with crowd out for Diwali shopping.
With inputs from PTI
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