12 convicted over deadly attacks on Mumbai trains

The bombings on commuter trains in Mumbai in 2006 killed about 190 people and injured more than 800.
The bombings on commuter trains in Mumbai in 2006 killed about 190 people and injured more than 800.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW DELHI • An Indian court yesterday convicted 12 people over a series of bombings on commuter trains in the business capital, Mumbai, that killed about 190 people in 2006.

The men were convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country over the coordinated series of attacks during the evening rush hour that also injured more than 800 people.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the Mumbai sessions court had acquitted one person and convicted 12 after a trial that has lasted nine years and which concluded on Aug 19. Sentencing will be on Monday. In all, police charged 30 people over the bombings, including 13 Pakistani nationals who, along with four Indian suspects, have yet to be arrested.

Officials said the bombings were intended as revenge for the riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002, which left some 2,000 people dead, most of them Muslims.

The police accused Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the 2006 attacks, although a little-known outfit called the Lashkar-e-Qahhar claimed responsibility.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2015, with the headline '12 convicted over deadly attacks on Mumbai trains'. Print Edition | Subscribe