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2002 Sabarmati train carnage: Gujarat HC extends interim bail of Faruk Bhana

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The Gujarat High Court has extended the interim bail of Faruk Bhana, one of the prime accused in the 2002 Sabarmati Train carnage massacre. 

The interim bail has been extended up to January 22, 2021. 

Faruk Bhana had sought an extension of temporary bail for paying the expenses of his son’s marriage. Earlier he was granted interim bail of three weeks to attend the wedding of his son which was scheduled from January 1 to 5. 

The Gujarat High Court while extending the temporary bail said that the applicant should surrender before the jail authorities on January 23, 2021.  No further extension of bail shall be granted, it said. 

The Sabarmati train carnage and Bhana

Earlier, while granting him interim bail, the court had observed that the accused is sentenced to life imprisonment and has served the jail term of 4 years and more. Also, the court took notice of the fact that earlier when he was granted interim bail, the accused had surrendered before the jail authorities on time.

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The court ordered the jail authorities to ensure that guidelines issued by jail authorities related to covid prevention are followed strictly. Earlier the court had directed the accused to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 as a security deposit before jail authorities. 

In 2018, the Gujarat High Court had sentenced Faruk Bhana and Imran Sheru to life imprisonment for their role in the Sabarmati Express carnage in 2002. Fifty-nine Kar Sevaks were killed in the incident.

 

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