Supreme Court acquits all accused in 1993 Surat twin blasts
NEW DELHI: In a setback for the Gujarat government,
the Supreme Court on Friday acquitted all the accused in the 1993 Surat Bomb
blast cases that had left one girl dead and more than 40 injured.
A bench led by Justice TS Thakur set aside the
judgement of the TADA court convicting the accused in 2008 and sentencing them
to varying jail terms up to 20 years. The court also dismissed the state
government’s appeals demanding enhancement of punishment for some convicts and
also challenging the acquittals of a few accused.
Two blasts had rocked the city in 1993. First bomb
blast took place on 21 January 1993 in Varachha area of Surat. Next day another
bomb blast happened at Surat railway station targeting an express train. The
Varachha blast killed one female student Alpa Patel and caused serious injuries
to 11 persons. The blast at Surat railway station seriously injured 38
The TADA court upheld the prosecution’s version that
these blasts were carried out to retaliate against the demolition of Babri
mosque in Ayodhya. It held them guilty
of terror charges and sentenced them to varying jail terms.