Mumbai, Apr 6 () A special POTA court today sentenced to life three of the ten convicted in the multiple blasts that rocked the metropolis between December 2002 and March 2003, killing 13 people while key accused Saquib Nachan was handed out a 10-year jail term.
Special POTA Judge P R Deshmukh said that convict Muzammil Ansari (who had planted the bombs) will undergo imprisonment till the end of his life.
“I am of the view that to award capital punishment to Ansari in present case just falls short of the rarest of the rare case. Therefore I am not inclined to endorse the punishment of death sentence to Ansari,” Deshmukh observed.
The judge if a person is hanged then within a fraction of a second, his life comes to an end, and he does not realise or feel the mental, emotional and physical agony which victims of the crime or dependents of deceased suffered or suffering for their whole life, undergo.
Two other convicts who were granted life are Farhaan Khot and Wahid Ansari. Six others were awarded various jail terms ranging from 2-10 years.
The court ordered that 75 per cent of the fine amount (Rs 9.45 lakhs) recovered (from the convicts) will go to District Legal Services Authority while rest will go to the Indian Railways as compensation towards damages caused to Railway on account of Mulund (blast) incident.
“As far as compensation to be paid to victims or dependents in the case of death (is concerned), there is no sufficient material on record, though some injured witnesses admitted about receipt of compensation from Railway department. Hence there is difficulty in awarding compensation to the victims of incidents and dependents,” the court said.
However, it directed DLSA, Mumbai to decide the quantum of compensation to be awarded to the victims and dependents and accordingly pay it.
Yesterday, the court had reserved its verdict on the quantum of sentence to ten persons convicted for their role in the multiple blasts, till today.
Earlier, on March 29, the court had convicted key accused Saquib Nachan, Ateef Mulla, Hasib Mulla, Ghulam Kotal, Mohammed Kamil, Noor Malik, Anwar Ali Khan, Farhaan Khot, Wahid Ansari and Muzammil Ansari in the case.
Twelve people were killed in Mulund train blasts on March 13, 2003. Prior to that, on December 6, 2002, several persons were injured in a blast at McDonald’s at Mumbai Central station, while a person had died in a blast in a market in Vile Parle (East) on January 27, 2003. (MORE) VI DK VMN VMN