Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 53

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

The serial blasts that rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993, occupy a special place in the history of terrorism in India. Planned abroad and ______(1)_______with chilling precision in a dozen chosen spots, the crime altered the country’s understanding and perceptions of security; it inflicted near-permanent damage to inter-community relations in society; and more importantly, it warranted resolute action to render justice to the 257 people who died and over 700 people injured in the blasts. But then, justice in India is ______(2)______and episodic. More so when it involves the logistical challenge of trying a large number of suspects and apprehending conspirators living abroad. The trial that began with the accused available at that time took about 14 years to end, with a hundred suspects being convicted. One of them was hanged in 2015, while 28 are serving life terms. With Abu Salem being extradited from Portugal in 2005 and a few others subsequently arrested, a second trial began in 2007. This week two more have been _____(3)______to hang, subject to the Supreme Court’s confirmation, and two sentenced to spend their life in jail. One has been acquitted, another given a 10-year term, while a third, a key conspirator, died a few days after being found guilty in June. Few would disagree when the trial court says punishment ______(4)_______be proportionate to the depravity and gravity of the crime and taking a lenient view would weaken the fight against terrorism. Misgivings, if any, may turn around the fact that the trial took place under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, ______(5)_______allows confessions made to senior police officers to be admissible evidence.

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