Rarest of Rare: 7 Terrorists Receive Death Penalty in Bhopal-Ujjain Train Blast Case

Lucknow’s NIA court has handed down death sentences to seven convicts and life imprisonment to another in the 2017 Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast case. The convicts were named Mohammad Faisal, Gaus Mohammad, Azhar, Atif Muzaffar, Danish, Mir Hussain, and Asif Iqbal, while Atif Iraqi was sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict was delivered at around 8 pm on Tuesday night, with all eight terrorists present in the court.

The court found the accused guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and the Arms Act. The attack occurred on March 7, 2017, when a bomb went off in a general coach of the train near Jabdi station in the district.

During the sentencing, Judge V. S. Tripathi noted that the case fell into the rarest of rare categories, and therefore, the convicts were entitled to the severest punishment.

The convicts had pleaded for leniency, citing the time already served, but the court rejected their plea, stating that they had waged war against the country and were not entitled to any leniency.

The court sent the case file of the convicts who received the death penalty to the Allahabad High Court for confirmation of the capital sentence. The law states that the death penalty can only be executed after confirmation by the high court.

According to special public prosecutors, M. K. Singh and K. K. Sharma, the Anti-Terrorism Squad police station in Lucknow registered an FIR in the case on March 8, 2017, after receiving information that members of the banned terror outfit ISIS were planning to conduct blasts at different places in the country. Mohd Faisal was first arrested by the ATS’s Kanpur unit, and subsequently, the other accused were nabbed.

The verdict has been hailed as a major victory for law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to ensure that those responsible for the blast are brought to justice.

The death sentences for the convicts in the case are expected to send a strong message to those who seek to threaten the nation’s security and stability.


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