Mumbai: The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court has passed its verdict in the 2006 serial train blast case.
According to initial reports, 5 accused have been convicted by judge Yatin D Shinde under 302 of IPC.
On July 11, 2006, a series of seven blasts was carried out over a period of 11 minutes on suburban trains in Mumbai, claiming 187 lives. In the last nine years, the case witnessed countless twists and turns. In fact, the prosecution dropped many of its theories that it had relied on initially.
Defence advocates said, “Earlier, the prosecution had claimed that some people, who looked Kashmiri, had visited a shop to buy pressure cookers to put the explosives in. None of the arrested accused, however, looked Kashmiri. So they dropped the pressure cooker theory and said the accused had used a rexene bag.”
The defence added that the prosecution also couldn’t prove that the accused were at the spot at time of the incident through their call data records (CDR). So they came up with some eye witnesses, who they claimed had seen the accused planting explosives in the trains.
According to the police, highly sophisticated explosives had ripped through the first-class general compartments of seven suburban trains, all headed towards distant western/northern suburbs. Two of the blasts – in Mahim and Borivali – took place while the trains were nearing the stations. The remaining took place in trains moving away from the platforms. The explosions were so powerful that they ripped the double-layered steel roofs and sides of each of the seven compartments, throwing injured and dead passengers out.