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Three J&K militants convicted under POTA
August 02, 2003 21:03 IST
Three Kashmiri militants allegedly belonging to the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba outfit were on Saturday convicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for possessing explosive substances, in Delhi.
Designated Judge S N Dhingra of the POTA court convicted Sheikh Sajjad and Feroze Ahmad Sheikh (residents of Srinagar) and Meharajuddin Peer (of Baramulla) under sections 4B and 5 (possession of unauthorised arms) of POTA and sections 121 (waging war against the government of India) and 122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against government of India) of the Indian Penal Code and the relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.
The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on August 7.
The trio was arrested in May 2002 from Nizamuddin Railway Station.
Feroze had gone to the railway station to receive Sajjad and Peer, who were coming to Delhi from Mumbai by the Punjab Mail.
Police had recovered dynamite and detonators from them.
The court found the trio guilty of bringing the dynamites and detonators to carry out terrorist activities in Delhi.
After being nabbed at the railway station, Feroze had disclosed to the police that two others - Abu Bilal and Abu Zabiullah - were waiting for him in a car near Humayun's Tomb with more arms and ammunition.
Police laid a trap and in the encounter that ensued, Bilal and Zabiullah were killed.
The police had told the court that Sajjad and Peer had received Rs 300,000 through hawala channels in Mumbai. Of this, they had brought Rs 200,000 to Delhi.
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