7/11 accused to be charged Tuesday


Mumbai : A special court will frame charges Tuesday on 13 people accused in the July 11, 2006, serial bombings on the local rail network that killed 186 people and injured hundreds.

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The Mumbai Police’s crack Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), responsible for the probe into the deadly bombings in rush-hour commuter trains, had arrested the 13 and filed charge sheets earlier last month.

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court Monday explained to the accused the charges that will be filed under the stringent MCOCA Act and also under section 120 B for criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The accused will also be charged Tuesday under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) besides several sections of the IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Railway Act, Passport Act and the Prevention of Damage to Property Act.

The accused include some alleged leaders and members of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a computer engineer and a unani medical practitioner.

Besides those arrested, the ATS had in its charge sheet also named 15 other suspects, including 10 Pakistan nationals and the Pakistan-based LeT chief Azam Cheema.

Of the seven suspected bombers, including Pakistan nationals, only four are on trial. One of the suspected Pakistani bombers, identified as “Salem”, was the lone unclaimed bombing victim who was killed after the bomb went off at Bandra station.

Cheema along with three other Pakistani nationals are still at large and believed to have sneaked back to Pakistan after the bombings.