Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Charges framed in Train bombings.

Charges were on Tuesday framed against 13 people allegedly linked to the Lashker e-Taiba and outlawed SIMI by a special court for the July 11, 2006 train bombings in Mumbai.

A MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court framed the charges a little over a year after the blasts that killed 187.

Judge Mrudula Bhatkar then adjourned the matter till August 21 and allowed the accused to approach a competent court to take up their request for the transfer of their trial from her court.

She said that if the accused believed they would not get an impartial trial in her court, they could approach a competent court for transferring the trial to another judge.

Declining to accept the charges framed against them, all the accused refused to sign the form recording their plea, either citing a lack of faith in the court or seeking the transfer of the case to another judge.

Biggest terror attack

The charges were framed against them under the MCOCA, IPC, Railways Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The 13 accused who are in custody are Kamal Ansari, Tanvir Ansari, Faisal Shaikh, Ehtesham Siddqui, Mohammed Majid Shafi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali Shaikh, Sajid Ansari, Abdul Wahid Shaikh, Muzzamil Shaikh, Soheil Shaikh, Zameer Ahmed Shaikh, Naveed Hussain Khan and Asif Bashir Khan.

Two alleged accused were killed, while 15 people, including senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives Azam Cheema and Rizwan Dawrey, are wanted for the blasts that were investigated by Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad.

Explosions ripped through seven suburban trains on July 11 last year in the biggest terror attack here since the 1993 blasts.

A total of 824 people were also injured.

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