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2005 Delhi Serial Blast: Court convicts 1, acquits 2

The Delhi Police investigating the 2005 Delhi serial blasts case suffered a setback today, as the Delhi court acquitted 2 of the accused and convicted only one terrorist, Tariq Ahmed Dar, who belongs to Lashkar-e-Taiba. Even Tariq’s conviction is not full since he has been convicted only for being a member of a banned terror organization. The Delhi police had alleged that Tariq was the mastermind of the Delhi serial blasts, but the court could find evidence only related to his association with a banned terror organization. The maximum punishment for such association is 10 years in jail, but Tariq has already spent 12 years in jail.

The case was being heard in the Delhi court for the last eight years, but the prosecution failed to establish any definitive link between the three accused – Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mohd Rafiq Shah and Mohammad Fazli. Critical evidence against Tariq was an alleged phone conversation between him and his handler, but since it was recorded after the blasts, the court could not classify it as strong evidence. There was also the accusation that Tariq had received Rs 14 lakh through hawala channels, but the exact purpose for which it was to be utilized could not be established by the prosecution.

It may be recalled that the Delhi serial blasts in October 2005 had killed 67 people and injured more than 200. The serial blasts occurred in Sarojini Nagar, Kalkaji, and Paharganj.

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