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Terrorist convicted in 2006 Varanasi serial blasts case gets death sentence

Terrorist Waliullah, convicted in the 2006 Varanasi serial blasts case, was sentenced to death by a Ghaziabad court on Monday.

Waliullah Khan being brought to the Ghaziabad district and sessions court on June 6. (Image: PTI)

Waliullah, a terrorist who was held guilty in the 2006 Varanasi serial blasts case on Saturday, has been sentenced to death by a Ghaziabad court.

On March 7, 2006, blasts at the Sankat Mochan temple and the cantonment railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi claimed at least 20 lives and left over a hundred injured. The same evening, explosives were also found at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

The next month, the Varanasi police arrested Waliullah in connection with the case. He was accused of plotting the serial blasts in Varanasi.

After lawyers in Varanasi refused to contest his case, the Allahabad High Court transferred it to a court in Ghaziabad.

The court held him guilty in two cases lodged under IPC sections of murder, attempt to murder and mutilation and under the Explosives Act on Saturday. Now, the court has awarded him the death sentence.


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