New Delhi, Feb 18: A special court today awarded death penalties to 38 of the 49 convicts in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts. The remaining convicts were awarded life sentences by the court.
On February 8 the special court had held 49 people guilty for the blast in which 56 people were killed and over 200 injured. 28 persons had been acquitted as the court did not find evidence against them.
The blast was the handiwork of the Indian Mujahideen which had only a year before the blast announced its arrival in Uttar Pradesh following a blast at a court. The Indian Mujahideen comprised members of the Students Islamic Movement of India. It was decided to launch the IM as the SIMI had been banned under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.