Police officials stand guard at a blast site outside a mosque in Malegaon, 260km (162 miles) northeast of Mumbai September 9, 2006.Reuters

After five years in jail, six among the nine people who were accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case were released on bail Wednesday.

The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court granted bail to seven people who have been accused of planning and executing the explosions which claimed the lives of 37 people and injured 125 others.

Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Zahid and Faroogue Ansari, who were lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road jail, were released Wednesday. However, the release of another accused in the case, Abrar Ahmed, from the Byculla jail would be delayed as some formalities have to be completed.

Meanwhile, two more accused, Asif Khan and Mohammed Ali, were also granted bail in the case. However, they will continue in jail as they are accused in the 2006 Mumbai train serial blasts case too.

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