Manas Dasgupta

AHMEDABAD: Charge sheet has been filed against the 62 accused in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, in which 57 people were killed.

The chargesheet was filed on Monday by a special court hearing the cases inside the high-security Sabarmati Central Jail.

Of the 95 accused, 33 are still absconding (of whom, three are dead). The remaining 62 are in jail and were present in court. The 62 accused belong to 11 different States and were arrested at different times and from different places.

Charges include, hatching a conspiracy, waging war against the State, murder, attempt to murder, organising training camps for training terror activities, encouraging youths to join terror camps, and others.

The chargesheet named Abu Bashar, Qyamuddin, Abdul Razeek and Zahid Sheikh as the main conspirators and masterminds of the blasts.

Earlier, the police had filed 20 first information reports based on 20 blasts in different parts of the city on the evening of July 26, 2008. However, all cases have been combined with that of the blast outside the trauma centre of the government civil hospital — the most severe blast that had claimed 24 lives, including that of some hospital staff and a doctor couple reaching treating blast victims coming from affected areas.

The chargesheet said the conspirators had stolen a few cars from Mumbai, which were then laden with explosives and placed at strategic points in Ahmedabad, including the hospital, to cause greater damage. The explosives, however, were purchased in Ahmedabad. In other incidents, old bicycles fitted with bombs were used.

The hearing is expected to begin from January 19, after the Gujarat government files necessary documents.