NEW DELHI, June 1 (Xinhua) -- An anti-terror court in India on Friday sentenced five men to life in jail for carrying out a series of bomb blasts in eastern state of Bihar five years ago.
Special Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha of National Investigation Agency (NIA) handed down the sentences, a week after holding the five men, belonging to home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, guilty under various sections of Indian Penal Code and the Explosives Act.
"All the five convicted in the crime have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court," a lawyer said.
Among those convicted was Haider Ali, considered the mastermind of the serial blasts in Bodh Gaya, a holy Buddhist site, some 100 km from state capital Patna, that took place in July 2013 and had left five people, including two monks, injured.
A total of six people were charged by the NIA for the crime. The sixth accused, being a minor, was convicted of the crime last year and sent to a remand facility for three years as per India's Juvenile Justice Act.