RELIGION

India jails 2 Hindu hard-liners for blast at Muslim shrine

  • An Indian woman lights a candle during daily evening prayers at the spot of the 2007 blast at the shrine of Saint Moinuddin Chichi, a Muslim pilgrimage center in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at the Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)

    An Indian woman lights a candle during daily evening prayers at the spot of the 2007 blast at the shrine of Saint Moinuddin Chichi, a Muslim pilgrimage center in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at the Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child sleeps as devotees gather for evening prayers at the spot of the 2007 blast at the shrine of Saint Moinuddin Chichi, a Muslim pilgrimage center in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at the Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)

    A child sleeps as devotees gather for evening prayers at the spot of the 2007 blast at the shrine of Saint Moinuddin Chichi, a Muslim pilgrimage center in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at the Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)  (The Associated Press)

An Indian court has sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at a Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen others a decade ago.

The court handed the sentence to the convicts on Wednesday in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state. A third convict in the case died after the 2007 blast, which occurred in Ajmer, a Muslim pilgrimage center in Rajasthan.

Indian news reports said two of the convicts were former preachers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteer Corps, a Hindu group that has long been accused of stoking religious hatred against Muslims. India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party is a political wing of the RSS.