Family members of one of the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts convicts were seen with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday, according to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath. A Gujarat court has sentenced 38 people to death for their roles in a series of bombings that killed 56 people. Eleven more defendants were sentenced to life in prison.
“An Ahmedabad court pronounced the quantum of sentence for 38 terrorists in the (2008) serial blasts case,” the UP chief minister said, referring to the court’s Friday ruling. The death penalty and life imprisonment were both imposed. They also included some UP terrorists. And one of them’s family was seen with the SP chief soliciting votes for the party.”
He claimed that supporting the Samajwadi Party amounted to endorsing terrorists and that while the world changed, the Mulayam Singh Yadav-founded party remained the same. “I’m sure you can imagine. Wahi SP hai, nahi hawa hai. Aatankwadiyon ke saath, SP ka haath.
This has been demonstrated once more,” Adityanath was quoted as saying. He also referred to his oft-repeated remarks about previous regimes’ lawlessness and how police stations were ruled by history-sheeters while contrasting the current situation under his rule.
“During previous governments’ rule, farmers committed suicide, the poor starved to death, there was jungle raj, criminals overpowered the authority and police stations were run by history-sheeters, businessmen were destroyed, and youth were unemployed,” he added.
Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Communication and Broadcasting, chastised Akhilesh Yadav for his silence over the verdict in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast case, citing the fact that one of the convicts is the son of a Samajwadi Party leader. “We welcome the Court’s judgement,” the union minister continued. A total of 49 convicts were sentenced, with 38 receiving the death penalty and 11 receiving life sentences. When Narendra Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister, this happened.”
Following the blasts in July of that year, Md Saif, the son of SP leader Shadab Ahmed, was arrested in September 2008. He was apprehended in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, where he was staying at the time. Atif and Sajid, Saif’s roommates, were killed in a police shootout while attempting to flee, while Saif was injured. Shadab Ahmed claimed that his son told him that he was taking an English language course in Delhi after his arrest.
While 49 people were found guilty in the case, 38 of them were sentenced to death by a special court in Ahmedabad, and the remaining 11 were sentenced to life in prison. According to a list of those who have been sentenced to death published in the media, Saif has also been sentenced to death.