NIA court convicts 10 people, acquits one in 2013 Patna serial blasts in which six people were killed

A special NIA court on Wednesday convicted 10 people in connection with the 2013 serial blasts at the venue of a political rally of the prime minister here, in which six people were killed and several others were injured. Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time. Special NIA Judge Gurvinder Mehrotra, who passed the order, also acquitted one of the accused for want of evidence.

The NIA had filed a charge sheet against 11 people during the investigation. One of them was a minor and his case was referred to the Juvenile Justice Board. The rest were prosecuted. Today, everyone was convicted except one. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on November 1, Special Public Prosecutor Lalan Prasad Singh, who appeared for the probe agency, told PTI.

Those convicted include Imtiaz Ansari, Mujibullah, Haider Ali, Firoz Aslam, Umar Ansari, Iftekhar, Ahmed Hussain, Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin. He said the court acquitted Fakhruddin. The blast took place at Gandhi Maidan on October 27, 2013, when the BJP’s Hunkar rally addressed by Modi, who was declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate, was underway.

Six people were killed and several others were injured in the blast and the stampede that followed. Although no terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the serial blasts, the involvement of SIMI and its new avatar Indian Mujahideen was suspected.

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