22/03/2017 12:57 PM IST | Updated 22/03/2017 1:07 PM IST

Ajmer Dargah Blast Case Convicts Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

The blast left three pilgrims dead and 15 others injured.

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JAIPUR, INDIA - MARCH 16: The accused Devendra (Center) and Bhavesh Patel, convicted in the ajmer blast case.

JAIPUR -- A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Jaipur on Wednesday sentenced Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.

The magistrate also imposed a fine of ₹10,000 on Patel and 5,000 on Gupta.

The blast on 11 October, 2007 in the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of Roza Iftaar, had left three pilgrims dead and 15 others injured.

On 8 March, the court had convicted Patel, Gupta and Joshi in the case, while acquitting others including Swami Aseemanand. Joshi died soon after the blast.

The case was handed over to the ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station in New Delhi on 6 April, 2011.

There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary charge sheets in the case.

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