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3 operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

A special court of the National Investigation Agency sentenced three accused in the Nanded arms case. The case dates back to the year 2012, where the court has now sentenced them to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment and acquitted two.

The five accused were said to be members of the banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. Lashkar with the help of masters of Saudi Arabia hatched a conspiracy to eliminate journalists and politicians of Hindu community in different places of the country. In the same special judge DE Kothalikar, all three namely Mohd. Muzammil Ghani, Mohd. Sadiq Farooq and Mohd. Under the provisions of the Akram Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Ghani, a terrorist, was also convicted of offenses under the Arms Act. Two acquitted Ilyas Akbar and Mohd. Irfan. Mohd out of five Irfan was released on bail in July 2019. The NIA examined 73 witnesses in the case where a witness who turned hostile during the trial was issued a notice for perjury after the NIA filed a petition for the same. The Anti-Terrorism Squad had filed a chargesheet in the case in January 2013. The NIA took over the case in June that year. The authorities submitted a supplementary charge sheet in February 2016. The case was then transferred from the Aurangabad sessions court to the NIA court in the city.

The prosecution’s case states that Akram had gone to Saudi Arabia under the guise of finding employment as a driver. There he conspired with Lashkar-e-Taiba members to eliminate prominent Hindu figures. Later, he was arrested a month after the initial four arrests in the case. Ghani and Farooq were found on August 31, 2012 in Nanded along with a country-made revolver and live cartridges, which they had allegedly bought on the instructions of Akram. The five met on 17 July 2012 at Majal Residency in Mumbai for a conspiracy meeting and then traveled to Hyderabad together to plot further.

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