Cricketers` kidnap plot: Prosecution wraps up final arguments

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 22:08

New Delhi: The prosecution today wrapped up
final arguments in a Delhi court against six alleged HUJI
terrorists, accused of plotting to kidnap cricketers Sachin
Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in 2002, saying they were in
constant touch with their Pakistan-based handlers.

"Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HUJI) militants were in
constant touch with their Pakistan-based handlers for hatching
the conspiracy to kidnap cricketers," Public prosecutor Anita
Hooda submitted before Additional Sessions Judge Pinki.

The prosecutor was advancing arguments to rebut the plea
by the accused that they were innocent and framed by Indian
agencies.

The accused were in touch with each other through
e-mails, she said, while referring to various communications
among the accused.

On the other hand, the alleged HUJI militants had said
that except confessional statements of some co-accused no
other evidence has been produced to prove their complicity.
Three Pakistani militants, Tariq Mohammed, Arshad Khan
and Ashfaq Ahmed, had confessed that they conspired to kidnap
the cricketers for securing the release of two jailed HUJI men
Nasarullah Langrial and Abdul Rahim who were then lodged in
jails here, police had said.

Three locals, Mufti Israr, Ghulam Qadir Bhatt and Ghulam
Mohd Dar were also part of the plot, they said.

Earlier, the defence lawyer said the alleged e-mails,
referred to by the prosecution to prove the conspiracy among
the accused, were forged as most of the accused were in
custody during that period.

The plot to abduct the cricketers did not succeed as the
terrorists could not get the logistic support to execute their
design in 2002, police had claimed in the chargesheet.

All the militants, including key accused Jalaluddin who
was declared a proclaimed offender during the trial, had also
planned to attack the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in
Mumbai and assassinate former President A P J Abdul Kalam
during his Patna visit in 2002, the chargesheet said.

They have been booked under tough anti-terror law
POTA, IPC and the Explosives Act which provide for maximum
sentence of death penalty.

They are charged with hatching conspiracy to wage a war
against the state and keeping explosives.

-PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 22:08

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