Varanasi Serial Blast Case: The trial against Waliullah Khan in the 2006 Varanasi Serial Blast Case will be held today. The hearing will be held in Ghaziabad district court. Earlier on Saturday, Waliullah Khan was convicted in two cases involving a series of bomb blasts in which 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured. The first blast occurred on March 7, 2006 at 6:15 pm inside the Sankat Mochak Temple and the second bomb exploded 15 minutes later outside the first class retiring room at Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station.
According to a 2006 report, a third live bomb was found in a residential area of Gadolia, which was defused. A fourth bomb was also recovered from the famous Ganga Ghat in Varanasi. Ghaziabad District Sessions Judge Jatinder Kumar Sinha convicted Waliullah in two cases, murder, attempted murder and attempted murder, and charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) under the Explosives Act. had gone.
According to district government lawyer Rajesh Sharma, Waliullah was acquitted in one case due to insufficient evidence. Lawyers in Varanasi refused to represent the case and the Allahabad High Court transferred the case to Ghaziabad District Court. In all three cases, 121 witnesses appeared in court.
In April 2006, the SIT investigating the bombings claimed that Waliullah belonged to the terrorist organization Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI) and was the mastermind of the bombings. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), the Houthis have links to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. In Bangladesh, HUJI operatives carried out the Varanasi blasts in collaboration with Jaish-e-Muhammad and the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).