Patna, June 1: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Patna on Friday sentenced life imprisonment to all five accused in the 2013 Bodh Gaya serial bomb blasts case.
Last month, Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha, presiding over the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, had convicted Umer Siddiqui, Azharuddin Siddiqui, Hauser Ali, Mujibullah Ansari, and Imtitaz Ansari.
NIA Special Court sentences all accused in 2013 Bodhgaya serial blasts case, to life imprisonment. pic.twitter.com/26ife3QTMw
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The life imprisonment is the maximum punishment that could be given in the case, NIA lawyer Lalan Kumar Sinha told media.
The NIA chargesheet had said that the blasts on July 7, 2013, were carried out with a motive to kill domestic and foreign pilgrims, especially Buddhists, at the famous temple to create terror.
At least 13 bombs were planted, among which around 10 exploded. Three live bombs were defused later by security forces. Five persons, including two monks, were injured in the blasts.
The Bodh Gaya temple is a Unesco World Heritage site, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.