Mumbai: Caller who warned of another blast week after 7/11 sentenced
An Andheri Magistrate's court on Saturday convicted a 47-year-old man who called the Mumbai police control six days after the 7/11 train blasts in 2006 to 'warn' of another bomb blast
An Andheri Magistrate's court on Saturday convicted a 47-year-old man who called the Mumbai police control six days after the 7/11 train blasts in 2006 to 'warn' of another bomb blast. The court observed that the accused had an intention to cause fear or alarm among the public.
According to police, the Meghwadi police received a call from the ATS saying an unknown person had called the control room on July 17, 2006, six days after 188 people had died and 829 people were injured in the serial blasts. The person had allegedly said, "Ab aur bomb futnewala hai." The Meghwadi police traced the number to a telephone booth. The owner of the booth took the cops to the accused identified as Nasrulla alias Afroz Shaikh.
Magistrate Amitabh A Panchbhai, after convicting the accused on the circumstantial evidence, observed, "...the blasts had jolted the consciousness of society and had spread terror amongst the public at large, and not just Mumbai police. At this time the accused made this call. So he had the intention of causing fear or alarm to the public in general and to the Mumbai police specifically. He has disturbed the tranquillity by his words."
Intention of causing fear
The Magistrate further observed, "... the offence is of very serious nature and the accused committed it at a time when every citizen of this country was in shock due to the bomb blasts that took place in the trains on 7/11."
The court sentenced him to three months imprisonment under Sections 182, 336 and 505 (b) of IPC, along with a fine of Rs 6,000.
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