Death sentences for Mumbai bombers

Three men get maximum punishment for their role in the 1993 serial bomb blasts.

    The series of blasts in India's financial capital
    killed 257 people [AP]

    Lengthy trial

     

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    The sentences came on Wednesday as the case nears the end of one of India's longest and most closely watched trials.

     

    As many as 13 other bombers are awaiting sentencing.

     

    Those convicted include gangsters, smugglers, fishermen, customs officers, police officials, homemakers and a famous Bollywood actor. Many were convicted in absentia.

     

    Thirty-five suspects remain at large. Authorities say many are hiding in Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies.

     

    Shaikh was convicted of planting a scooter packed with explosives in a crowded Mumbai market and an explosives-filled suitcase in a city hotel.

     

    Tarani placed a bomb inside a suitcase in a city hotel that caused extensive damage and planting a scooter with explosives in a crowded downtown street that did not detonate.

     

    Turk was sentenced to death for packing a jeep with bombs near Mumbai's passport office.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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