DEATH PENALTY FOR 11 IN KARNATAKA CHURCH BLAST CASE
November 29, 2008: a special court in India awarded the death sentence to 11 people, life imprisonment to 12 and acquitted four others of a banned outfit in the sensational serial church blasts in 2000.
34th Additional City Civil and Session Judge S M Shivanagoudar announced the sentence on the activists of the Deendar Channabasaveshwara Anjuman, who were convicted on November 11. The serial explosions rocked churches in J J Nagar, Magadi Road, Keshwapur in Hubli and Wadi in Gulbarga district. Some of the accused were nabbed while escaping in a car after carrying out a blast in J J Nagar church.
Their arrest unravelled the conspiracy and led to the arrest of the others. They were also accused of involvement in similar blast cases in Andhra Pradesh and Goa. (Sources: Zeenews.com, 29/11/2008)