38 sentenced to death in 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts in India


 New Delhi, February 18:  Thirty-eight people were sentenced to death by a special court in Gujarat that convicted them in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts case, India Today has reported.

Eleven other convicts were sent to life in prison. The July 26, 2008, Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts killed 56 people and left over 200 injured, it said.

Last week, a special court in Gujarat convicted 49 people and acquitted 28 others in connection with the blasts.

All the accused appeared virtually in court today while the sentences were pronounced. The death sentences will need to be confirmed by the Gujarat High Court.

Judge A R Patel also awarded compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to kin of those killed in the blasts, and Rs 50,000 for each victim with serious injuries and Rs 25,000 each for those with minor ones. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2.85 lakh each on the 48 convicts.



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