Verdict likely in 2006 Mumbai blasts today

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a Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court will pronounce its verdict in 2006 Mumbai train blasts today. The blasts in Mumbai suburban trains had killed 188 people and injured hundred others.

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In a trial lasting 8 years, the special MCOCA judge Yatin D Shinde, the prosecution examined 192 witnesses, including eight Indian Police Service (IPS) and five Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers as well as 18 doctors.
Among those, who are accused include Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Abdul Wahid Shaikh (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Naveed Hussain Khan (30), Asif Khan (38) are the accused who were arrested by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

15 accused are absconding.

The Supreme Court had stayed the trial in 2008 and the trial could only resume in 2010 after the apex court vacated its earlier order.

Seven RDX bombs had exploded in the first class coaches of Mumbai’s suburban trains on July 11, 2006, killing 188 people and injuring 829.

The blast occurred between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road, Jogeshwari-Mahim Junction, Mira Road- Bhayander, Matunga- Mahim Junction and Borivali.

(With inputs from PTI)

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