Four awarded 10 yrs imprisonment for planning explosion in 2001

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) A trial court today sentenced four people, with links to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, to imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rs 1.25 lakh for planning terrorist activities to disturb the 2002 Republic Day celabrations.

According to the prosecution, the Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested the four accused at Kotla, Mubarakpur, on February 14, 2002. The four, Afzal Konhar, Ansar Ahmed Dar, Bilal Ahmed and Adil Nazir Khan, had come to Delhi on December 13, 2001, with the intention of causing explosion on the occasion of Republic Day.

According to police, the four arrested people were related to the Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.

A case under Section 3(3), 4(B), 22(2) of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) with 121(A), 122(2) was registered against all the accused.

Police seized hawala money worth Rs 34.9 lakhs, a mobile phone and RDX in heavy quantity from the four. According to police, the hawala money was transferred to the accused from the Dubai channel.

The prosecution examined 19 witnesses in the matter to prove the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur, after hearing arguments of the prosecution and the defence, on quantum of sentence, today ordered imprisonment of 10 years along with fine of Rs 1.25 lakhs on all the four accused.


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