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All 11 accused in Surat bomb blast case acquitted by SC
Friday July 18, 2014 11:38 AM, Agencies

The Supreme Court Friday acquitted all the 11 accused convicted for January-February 1993 Surat bomb blast in Gujarat, in which a woman was killed and several people were injured.

An apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice C. Nagappam while acquitting the 11 accused reversed the TADA court verdict that gave them imprisonment varying from 10 to 20 years.

Former Congress Fisheries Minister of Gujarat Mohammad Surti and former Congress corporator Iqbal Vadiwala with nine others were found guilty in 1993 Surat twin blast case by TADA court in October 2008.

In 1993, a bomb exploded in Varachha area on the outskirts of Surat in which a young girl was killed and a grenade was lobbed at a train stationed on a platform leaving 38 injured.

Surti along with four others were sentenced to 20 years in prison and two hundred thousand rupees fine while seven others were awarded ten-year jail term.

The police had claimed that the blasts had taken place in January 1993 to avenge the destruction of an ancient mosque Babri Mazjid by Hindu zealots in 1992 and subsequent Hindu-Muslim riots across the country.

Grenade blast had rocked Surat a month after the country's deadliest bomb attack that killed 257 people in Mumbai. Police said India's most wanted man, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim ordered the bombings.

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