30/09/2015 9:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

2006 Mumbai Serial Blasts Case: 5 Convicts Given Death Sentence

An unidentified child looks on from a queue of commuters buying tickets near a memorial at Mahim station dedicated to victims of the July 11, 2006 train bombings on the second anniversary of the bombings in Mumbai, India, Friday July 11, 2008. The bombs that ripped through seven commuter trains in Mumbai killed 187 people and injured more than 800. The words on the memorial translates 'Homage to victims of railway bomb blasts'. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Five out of 12 people convicted in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts have been given the death sentence today, while the seven others have been imprisoned for life. A special court in Mumbai announced the quantum of punishment two weeks after 12 of the 13 accused were found guilty of triggering serial train blasts. At least 188 people died and over 800 others were injured after bombs planted in several local trains went off on 11 July.

Special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) judge Yatin D Shinde pronounced the sentence on Wednesday afternoon. Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare had sought a death sentence for eight of the convicts, and life imprisonment for the four others.

Earlier, in a last-ditch attempt, one of the convicts who planted the bombs, Ehtesham Siddiqui, had written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh asking for the case to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency for reinvestigation.

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