The Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday held Taufique Ansari (19) guilty for the
2013 serial bomb blasts at Patna Gandhi Maidan+
and Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya. The NIA had arrested Taufique from his residence at Sithio near Ranchi in Jharkhand. He was about 15 years of age at the time of the bomb blasts.
Board’s presiding officer Divya Mita remanded him to a special home for three years in each case, said NIA’s public prosecutor Lallan Prasad Sinha. This is the first conviction in both the cases. Prasad said Taufique and his other accomplices had planted bombs on Bodh Gaya temple premises and at Gandhi Maidan. “He has already served three years at Patna City remand home, but will remain in custody as total imprisonment is of six years,” Prasad said.
The serial blasts at Bodh Gaya temple took place on July 7, 2013 in which 10 out of 13 bombs planted had exploded. However, no one was killed there. However, six persons were killed and eight injured in the Patna blasts on October 27, 2013 during the Hunkaar Rally, which was addressed by then BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Total nine bombs were planted by terrorists owing allegiance to banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Sinha said Taufique was a SIMI hardliner and is also accused in a case lodged with Raipur police in Chhattisgarh against SIMI suspects. He said trial against five more accused in Bodh Gaya and ten more in the Gandhi Maidan blast cases was going on in the special NIA court in Patna.
He said Taufique was held guilty under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 121 (waging or attempting to wage war), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable under Section 121) of IPC and other relevant sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, The Explosive Substance Act of 2001 and Railway Act, 1989.