Muzammil Ansari, the main accused in the 2002-'03 Mumbai blasts case, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday by a Prevention of Terrorism Act court. The Maharashtra government had sought the death sentence for him. Two others accused, Wahid Ansari and Farhan Khot, were also sentenced to life imprisonment. Last week, Ansari was convicted by a POTA court along with nine others in the case.

Three other accused in the case were given a 10-year jail sentence, while the remaining four will be set free after they furnish bail bonds, as they have already served the requisite time in prison, ANI reported. The convicts have served eight years in prison after the blasts.

Between December 2002 and March 2003, three blasts took place in Mumbai – the first on December 6 at a McDonald’s outlet at Mumbai Central station, another at a Vile Parle market on January 27, 2003, where one person died, and the third in a train at Mulund station (pictured above), where 12 people died.