Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Delhi blasts 'mastermind' gets 10-year jail, 2 others let off

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Melissa Porter | 17 February, 2017, 01:06

All three accused were picked up in November that year and have been in Tihar jail since then.

The court sentenced, Tariq Ahmed Dar with a jail term of 10 years.

- February 16, 2017: Delhi Court convicts Tariq Ahmed Dar under terror charges for being a member of banned outfit.

He could not immediately identify the militant group, saying he was yet to read the court's judgement in detail. But acquits him and two others of the charges of waging war against the state, conspiring, collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder.

At least 60 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the blasts.

The other accused in the serial blasts, Mohammed Rafiq Shah and Mohammed Hussain Fazili were acquitted of all charges.

The court, as reported, had earlier clubbed the three blasts cases for the recording of evidence but it framed the charges separately against the accused.

"Hence the prosecution has been unable to prove that it was he who had placed a bomb in the DTC bus". "He was one among the conspirators but the main conspirator, Abu Qzefa, Commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, had been gunned down during a joint operation in Jammu and Kashmir in January 2006". But the court said that the call was recorded after the blasts and asked that why would the accused make such call to inform his aide as the matter was already widely covered by the media.

There were also allegations that Dar had received Rs 14 lakh through hawala. "It seems that the police had either caught the wrong men and missed out on the actual culprits, or they failed to gather the necessary evidence", said Kuldeep Singh, a bus driver who had saved scores of lives by evacuating passengers when he found a bomb.

Dar was first arrested in Dhaka and deported in 2007. The blasts came only two days before the important festival of Diwali.

The serial blasts of October 29, 2005 at in Sarojini Nagar, Kalkaji, and Paharganj had claimed the lives of 67 people.