Mumbai: Dejected and broken by the court verdict Ataur Rahman (70), father of two convicts in the July 11, 2006 Mumbai train blasts suffered heart attack early Thursday morning. He was immediately rushed to a hospital in Mumbai suburbs where he is battling for life, according to local media reports.
The Special MCOCA court had awarded death to Ataur Rahman’s elder son Faisal Shaikh for planting bomb in one of the trains that killed 28 people, and life imprisonment to another, Muzammil Shaikh (27) for conspiring and surveying trains for planting bombs.
Ataur Rahman's third son, who is absconding, is also alleged to be involved in the case.
According to the reports, Ataur Rahman was rushed to Life-Line Hospital in Mira Road after he suffered heart attack at around 2.30am on Thursday.
Ataur Rahman had before the pronouncement of the punishment by the court had met the victims and the families of the 7/11 train blasts to seek their help in the case.
Meanwhile, a delegation of advocates led by defense lawyer Khan Abdul Wahab had started for Hyderabad to meet All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimmen (AIMIM) president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
"We are meeting Owaisi so that the matter is raised in the Indian parliament and Maharashtra assembly. We will be providing him the details how the convicts were framed in the case", Advocate Khan said.
Other lawyers part of the delegation are Advocate Shaziya, Advocate Fakhruddin and Advocate Afzal Nawaz.
Reacting to sentence pronounced by special MCOCA court, Owaisi had on Thursday said the verdict was a reflection of "misrule" of Maharashtra's erstwhile Congress-NCP government and called for punishing the real perpetrators to give justice to the victims.
The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader also hoped that the high court will do justice by taking into account the fresh evidence in the case.
He noted that then Crime Branch head Rakesh Maria filed a charge sheet saying Sadiq Sheikh and IM carried out blats while Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Raghuvanshi in his charge sheet named 12 others.
"This latest evidence shows the rampant corruption, misgovernance and miscarriage of justice with Muslim youth during 15-year rule of Congress and NCP," he said.