The Bombay High Court Friday upheld the death sentence of the
three people, including a woman, convicted for the 2003 Mumbai
twin bomb blasts.
A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court here had in
August 2009 awarded capital punishment to Ashrat Ansari, Hanif
Sayed Anees and his wife Fehmida Sayed, holding them guilty of
planting powerful bombs in two taxis that exploded at the Gateway
of India and Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai August 25, 2003,
killing 52 persons.
A division bench of Justice A. M. Khanvilkar and Justice P.D. Kode
upheld the verdict by the POTA court, which also held the trio
guilty of causing a blast in a city bus in Ghatkopar in central
Mumbai July 28, 2003, that had claimed two lives.
The prosecution had alleged that the trio belonged to the
Lashkar-e-Taiba and had planned and carried out the blasts.
At least 103 witnesses were examined during the trial. One accused
had turned approver, two others were discharged and another died
during the trial.