Thane blasts convicts get 10 years' RI

Sessions court Judge N V Nhavkar, while delivering the quantum of the sentence, also fined the convicts, Ramesh Gadkari and Vikram Bhave,  Rs 11,000 each for causing destruction of property.

Though the cases were filed against six persons, reportedly members of right-wing Hindu  organisations—Sanathan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagran Samiti—the court acquitted four of them, citing lack of tangible evidence and “failure of the prosecution in proving its allegations.”

The four accused who have been acquitted are Mangesh Nikam, Santosh Angre, Haribhau Divekar and Hemant Chalke. The investigating agency, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had charged the accused under IPC sections -307 (attempt to murder) 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act; the court after hearing both the parties found only Gadkari and Bhave guilty under the Explosives Substances Act (3 and 4,) destruction of property, falsifying evidence and causing injuries with weapons and explosives.

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