Ahmedabad bomb blasts plot involved plan to kill PM Modi: Prosecutor

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Ahmedabad,
Feb
18:

Plotters
of
the
2008
Ahmedabad
serial
bomb
blasts
had
also
planned
to
kill
then-Gujarat
Chief
Minister
Narendra
Modi
besides
creating
mayhem,
one
of
the
accused
convicted
for
the
bombings
by
a
special
court
here
had
admitted
before
the
court
in
the
past,
the
prosecution
said
on
Friday.

Ahmedabad bomb blasts plot involved plan to kill PM Modi: Prosecutor

The
special
court
on
Friday
sentenced
38
convicts
to
death
and
11
others
to
life
imprisonment
till
death
for
the
Ahmedabad
serial
blasts,
which
had
claimed
56
lives
and
left
over
200
injured.
As
many
as
21
explosions
had
ripped
through
the
city
on
July
26,
2008,
within
a
span
of
70
minutes.
The
court
had
convicted
49
persons
and
acquitted
28
others
in
the
case
on
February
8.

After
the
sentencing,
Public
Prosecutor
Sudhir
Brahmbhatt
informed
the
media
that
a
charge-sheet
filed
by
the
Gujarat
police
in
2010
had
revealed
that
the
convicts,
who
were
associated
with
terror
outfit
Indian
Mujahideen,
had
also
planned
to
eliminate
Modi,
who
is
now
the
prime
minister.
“A
charge-sheet
filed
in
2010
in
the
case
contained
a
statement
of
an
accused
which
he
had
given
to
the
magistrate
under
section
164
of
the
CrPC.

In
his
statement,
the
accused
(who
is
among
those
convicted),
had
admitted
that
they
had
also
hatched
a
plan
to
kill
PM
Modi,
who
was
Gujarat’s
chief
minister
back
then,”
said
Brahmbhatt.
Brahmbhat
did
not
gave
the
name
of
the
convict.
A
senior
lawyer,
who
had
the
opportunity
to
go
through
some
part
of
the
7,000-page
judgement,
said
the
special
court
judge
has
also
observed
in
his
verdict
that
the
convicts
had
tried
to
“kill
the
then
CM
Narendra
Modi,
the
then
Home
Minister
of
Gujarat
Amit
Shah
and
local
MLA
Pradipsinh
Jadeja.
But
fortunately,
they
survived.”
Further,
the
court
noted
that
the
accused
had
tried
to
target
Modi
and
his
then
ministers,
including
Shah,
Nitin
Patel,
Anandiben
Patel
and
MLA
Jadeja
because
they
were
the
“elected
government”
as
per
the
Constitution,
he
said,
citing
the
order.
The
lawyer
said
the
court
has
noted
that
nearly
30
accused
were
active
members
of
the
banned
terror
outfit
SIMI,
which
was
later
on
activiated
as
Indian
Mujahideen.
While
the
accused
persons
held
training
camps
in
the
forests
of
Gujarat
and
Kerala,
they
assembled
bombs
in
rented
premises
in
cities
like
Ahmedabad,
Vadodara,
Bharuch,
Surat
and
Pune.
As
per
the
lawyer,
the
court
noted
that
the
accused
were
hardened
criminals
and
they
deserve
nothing
less
than
death
penalty
for
their
terrorist
acts.

Since
these
accused
did
not
show
any
mercy
for
innocent
people,
there
was
no
need
to
show
mercy
to
them,
said
the
lawyer,
citing
the
order.
These
accused
had
incited
Muslim
youths
in
the
name
of
taking
revenge
for
the
post-Godhra
riots
of
2002,
“to
remove
anti-Muslim
government
and
to
establish
an
Islamic
rule,”
said
the
lawyer,
citing
the
order.
The
court
noted
that
‘jihad’ is
a
pious
word
but
these
terrorist
organisations
have
“misused”
it
to
misguide
Muslim
youths.
The
court
also
urged
all
Islamic
organisations
to
come
forward
to
stop
the
misuse
of
the
word
Jihad
and
boycott
people
who
spread
terror.
PTI

Story first published: Friday, February 18, 2022, 21:49 [IST]

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