Mumbai: Thirteen terror attacks have taken place in Maharashtra in the last one decade leaving 501 people dead but barring trial in the 26/11 case, no other matter has either made headway as far as investigation is concerned or in the legal system.
Beginning from the Ghatkopar blast in December two, 2002 when two people were killed and the latest July 13 triple blasts, as many as 501 people have been killed as per official data and more than 2,200 people injured.
The verdict in the Ghatkopar blast had left Mumbai Police red faced when all the eight accused were acquitted by a special POTA court of all the charges due to lack of evidence in June 2005.
The eight accused in the case were -- Dr Abdul Mateen, Jameel Ahmed, Imran Rehman Khan, Altaf Mohammed Ismail, Towfeeq Ahmed, Arif Paanwala, Harun Rashid Lohar and Rashid Ansari. Police had claimed that they were members of Lashker-e-Taiba but could not provide a single evidence in their support.
Nineteen people were rounded off in connection with the December six, 2002 blast at Mumbai Central which was clubbed with other similar incidents of blasts in Vile Parle (January 27, 2003) and Mulund in March 13, 2003.
The arrested people had been booked under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and trial is almost coming to an end. The three blasts had claimed 12 lives and injured 141 persons, as per the court record.