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Almost six years after the 2003 blasts at four places in the Metropolis, three members of the banned Laskar-e-Toiba were prosecuted under the Prevention of Terrorist Act (POTA).

The serial blasts had claimed 54 lives and injured 244 others.

Pronouncing the conviction order here, Special POTA court Judge M R Puranik said accused Mohammad Hanif Abdul Rahim, his wife Fahmida and co-accused Ashraf Ansari committed an offence under section 302, 307, 427 r/w 120(b) of Indian Penal Code (IPC), 3, 4 and 5 of POTA act, 3,4,5,6 of Explosive substances Act and 3 of Damage of Public Property Act.

However, the matter has been adjourned for argument on quantum of sentence till August 4.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam later told media persons that these accused were members of the Laskar-e-Toiba, and had planted bombs at four places -- Gateway of India, Zaveri Bazar, BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) bus no 340 at Ghatkopar. Another bomb had unexploded at Seepz bus depot at Andheri.

The Seepz bomb was recovered on December 3, 2003. While two people were killed in blast in BEST bus No 340 on July 28, the blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazar on August 25, claimed 52 lives and injured several others.

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