Police charge 3 in two India bombings
( 2003-09-01 16:50) (Agencies)
Police on Monday charged two men and a woman in one of the two bomb attacks that killed 52 people in Bombay, India, a prosecutor said.
M.R. Raut, the chief police prosecutor, said the three suspects were arrested under India's tough anti-terrorism law and would appear in court later Monday.
He said they were charged with conspiracy, illegally possessing explosives, and planting a bomb in the parking lot of the Gateway of India, an arch in Bombay that is a tourist attraction.
Raut declined to give the names of the suspects, who could face the death penalty if found guilty.
About 150 people were injured when two taxis carrying explosives blew up within minutes of each on Aug. 25 in Bombay, one at the Gateway of India and the other at a busy shopping complex.
The driver of the taxi believed to be involved in the Gateway blast survived and allegedly told police he was hired by two men and a woman for a two-day sightseeing tour, according to media reports.
The Indian government has blamed the attacks on pro-Pakistan Muslim militants from Kashmir. Bombay police officers have said RDX, an explosive favored by Kashmiri separatist guerrillas, was used in both Bombay attacks.
Pakistan, India's rival and neighbor, condemned the attacks.
India accuses Islamic Pakistan of arming and funding Muslim militants who have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence from predominantly Hindu India. More than 63,000 people have been killed in the insurgency.
Pakistan says it empathizes with the rebels, but does not support them with weapons or money.
Security has been tight in India after the attacks. Police in the capital, New Delhi, said on Sunday that security forces prevented a "spectacular" attack there by a Pakistan-based militant group.
Police killed two suspected members of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed group in a New Delhi park Saturday, hours after explosives were seized and three people were arrested elsewhere in the city.
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