Five Men Convicted in 2013 Bodh Gaya Serial Bombing Case

Bodh Gaya bomb blast accused convicted on Friday.

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Patna: Nearly five years after domestic terrorists with allegiance to the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) rocked the holy city of Bodh Gaya with serial bomb blasts, a special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Patna on Friday convicted all five accused in the case who now await the quantum of their punishment to be announced on May 31.

The court presided over by Special Court Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha convicted Omar Siddiqui (39), Azaharuddin Qureshi (25), Imtiyaz Ansari (35), Haider Ali (30), and Mujibullah Ansari (28) in connection with the Bodh Gaya blasts that occurred on July 7, 2013.

All five men also had connections with another terrorist outfit known as Indian Mujahideen, Special Public Prosecutor Lallan Prasad Sinha said.

A sixth person who was identified as Taufiq Ansari was handed over to the juvenile court that sentenced him to three years in prison in a juvenile delinquent home.

As recalled, 10 out of 13 bombs planted in and around the Mahabodhi Temple exploded on July 7, 2013 injuring five persons including two Buddhist monks.

Sinha said the same men were also behind deadly explosions in Gandhi Maidan and Patna Junction on October 27, 2013 during the Hunkar Rally by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when Narendra Modi was a Prime Ministerial candidate.

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