Haryana’s Sonepat court on Tuesday awarded Abdul Karim Tunda to a life term in the 1996 Sonepat bomb blasts case. The 75-year-old was convicted by the additional district and sessions Judge, Sushil Kumar Garg on Monday.
Tunda held guilty under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act. He was also asked by the court to pay Rs 50,000 under each of these sections.
Tunda had claimed that he was in Pakistan when the blasts happened while recording his statement.
Around 15 people were injured in twin blasts in Sonepat in 1996. While one blast happened near a cinema hall, another took place near a sweets shop.
Tunda was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border in August, 2013. He was alleged to be involved in several blasts cases across the nation and some of the cases are still pending.