Gujarat Court awards death penalty to 38, 11 gets life imprisonment

Gujarat Court awards death penalty to 38, 11 gets life imprisonment

A special court in Ahmedabad on Friday sentenced 38 of the 49 defendants in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case to death, while 11 others were sentenced to life imprisonment until death.

However, on February 8, more than 13 years after the first imprisonment, a special court found 49 people guilty of carrying out a terror attack in Ahmedabad.

On July 26, 2008, 21 bombs exploded in the city, killing 56 people and injuring over 200 more.

For the first time in the country, hospitals were targeted in this terrorist attack.

A blast at the Civil Hospital resulted in the deaths of 37 people including people that had rushed to the hospital to donate blood to the injured victims who had been taken there for treatment.

The court presided over the trial after combining 35 separate cases filed against the defendants in Ahmedabad and Surat.

Meanwhile, 20 FIRs were filed in Ahmedabad for the bomb blasts, while 15 were filed in Surat after 29 unexploded bombs were discovered in different parts of the city a few days after the terror attack in Ahmedabad.

Moreover, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, an Islamic terror group, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, those who died in the blasts were awarded compensation of Rs. 1 lakh by Special Judge AR Patel. 

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