Six years after twin blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri bazaar killed 53 people and injured at least 150, the special Prevention Of Terrorism Act (POTA) court is slated to pronounce its verdict in the case on Monday.
This verdict will be the second one in a bomb blast case after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The prosecution has examined 104 witnesses to build up its case.
Three accused — Sayeed Mohammed Hanif (46), his wife Fehmida (45) and Ashrat Ansari (32) — have been charged under POTA besides the Indian Penal Code for conspiracy, murder and attempt to murder. Another accused, Jahid Patni (32), turned approver and got bail.
The police had also arrested Hanif’s daughter, Farheen, who was then a minor. The court later discharged her for lack of evidence.
The chargesheet, filed on February 5, 2004, named six people with conspiring with the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) to strike terror in the country through serial blasts in the city, the blast in a BEST bus at Ghatkopar on July 28, 2003, and the Gateway and Zaveri bazaar blasts of August 25, 2003.