23 Deendar Anjuman members held guilty
A special court, hearing cases related to serial bomb blasts in churches in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa in 2000, has convicted 23 people belonging to Deendar Channabasaveshwara Anjuman group.india Updated: Nov 22, 2008 12:37 IST
A special court, hearing cases related to serial bomb blasts in churches in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa in 2000, has convicted 23 people belonging to Deendar Channabasaveshwara Anjuman group.
Of the 27 accused who were tried, four were acquitted.
Special Court Judge SM Shivana Gowdar who convicted the 23 in Bangalore on Friday, is yet to pronounce the quantum of punishment in the case which has been adjourned till December 3.
HL Nilogal, Special Public Prosecutor, argued for the state.
In 2000, six blasts were carried out by the group in Andhra Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one each in Maharashtra and Goa.
A three-member Corps of Detectives (CoD) team headed by DySP V S D'Souza investigated the church blasts at Wadi (Gulbarga District), Hubli, Bangalore and another blast in the state and filed a chargesheet before the special court.
The blasts were carried out by Deendar Channabasaveshwara Anjuman outfit founded in 1920s and the "conspiracy" was hatched at Hyderabad on October 1999, COD said.
The outfit was founded by one Hazarat Moulana Siddique alias Deendar Channabasaveshwara, the sources said.