A special POTA court convicted three persons of carrying out bomb blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai on August 25, 2003, killing 52 people and injuring 184.
Judge M.R. Puranik announced that Haneef Sayyed and his wife Fahmeeda from Marol and Ashrat Ansari from Juhu Galli would be sentenced on August 4. The three were held guilty of carrying out a bomb blast in a bus at Ghatkopar on July 28, 2003, which killed two people and injured 60, and of planting a bomb, which however did not explode, in a bus in the Santa Cruz Electronics Export Processing Zone.
They were convicted under Sections 302, 307, 427 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code. They were also convicted under Sections 3 (damaging property) and 4 (damaging property by fire or explosive) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act; Sections 3 (causing an explosion to endanger life) and 4 (making an explosive to endanger life) of the Explosive Substances Act; and Sections 5 and 9B (licence for the use of explosives) of the Explosives Act.
The alleged mastermind of the blasts, who claimed to be a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, had turned approver. The prosecution on Monday filed an application for his discharge from the case.