NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in India on Friday sentenced to death 38 individuals for a sequence of bomb blasts in 2008 that left greater than 50 useless and 200 wounded within the metropolis of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state, which has a historical past of violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims.
It was the primary time that so many accused have acquired death sentence in a single case in India. The sentence should be confirmed by a better court.
Judge A. R. Patel additionally sentenced 11 individuals to life imprisonment within the case during which greater than a dozen bombs went off in a number of components of Ahmedabad.
A militant Islamic group known as Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami claimed duty for the bombings. It was thought-about to be Pakistani-based however apparently is not lively.
The assaults occurred in two waves with explosive units hidden in lunchboxes and bicycles. The first blast befell close to crowded busy procuring facilities in Ahmedabad and the second about 20 minutes later in and round hospitals the place casualties have been being taken.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister — the highest elected official — of Gujarat state on the time.
The state has a historical past of tensions between Hindus and minority Muslims. It was the location of main violence in 2002 that left greater than 1,000 individuals useless. It was triggered by a fireplace on a prepare filled with Hindu pilgrims that killed 60 passengers.
The trigger was by no means confirmed, however Hindu extremists blamed the deaths on Muslims and reacted by rampaging by Muslim areas.
Patel final week convicted the accused of prices of homicide, conspiracy to wage battle in opposition to the state and unlawful possession of arms. He acquitted 28 others for lack of proof greater than 13 years after the bombings killed 56 individuals on July 26, 2008.
The trial was concluded in September.