Bengaluru, Sept 15: A special court today convicted 13 persons in connection with the assassination plot or the Lashkar-e-Tayiba conspiracy case. The National Investigation Agency had chargesheeted 14 persons in this case after it was found that they were involved in a plot that aimed at killing prominent Hindu leaders from Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.
Out of the 14 persons 13 have been convicted. One accused Zakir has been shown as an absconded. The quantum of the sentence will be pronounced by the court tomorrow. All persons were convicted under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The case was first registered by the City Crime Branch, Bengaluru. It was stated that the banned terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Tayiba had hatched a conspiracy and target important personalities from the Hindu community in Bengaluru and Hubbali. During the course of the probe the ambit widened and the police found that several leaders from Maharashtra and Telangana too were on the radar of the accused persons.
The probe also found that these persons were also planning to target a well known columnist of a newspaper. Investigations also revealed that they were in touch with several persons from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the intention was to wage a war against the government of India. The NIA states that the conspiracy was originally hatched in Riyadh and it was decided that Hindu leaders, journalists, politicians and police personnel from Bengaluru, Hubbali, Nanded and Hyderabad would be targeted.