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Arguments on framing of charges in 2002-03 Mumbai blasts

About twelve years after multiple blasts rocked the city between December 2002 and March 2003, the prosecution is likely to make the opening arguments in the court on framing of charges.

Saquib Nachan, an alleged key member of Students Islamic Movement of India, is the prime accused in the case.

“I will open the arguments in the case tomorrow on the issue of framing charges,” special public prosecutor Rohini Salian said.

In a combined chargesheet filed against 16 accused in the Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central blast cases, police have charged them with offences under POTA, the Explosive Substances Act and for ‘preparation to wage war against the nation’ and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code.

The Mulund blast occurred on March 13, 2003, killing 12 persons and injuring 71. Earlier, on December 6, 2002 several persons were injured in the blast at McDonald’s at Mumbai Central station, while a person died when a bomb attached to a cycle exploded in a market area in Vile Parle (East) on January 27, 2003.

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