3 JKIF militants sent to gallows in Lajpat Nagar blast case
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:15
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court today sent to the gallows three out of six convicted members of militant outfit Jammu Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) for the 1996 Lajpat Nagar market blast which had claimed 13 lives, saying their "dastardly" act fell under the "rarest of rare" category.

"The convicts do not deserve to be dealt with lenient view. There cannot be two opinions that looking at the prime conspectus of what was perpetrated at Lajpat Nagar market, it was the most dastardly act... the convicts indulged in the killing of innocent persons without any provocation," District and Sessions Judge S P Garg said.

The pronouncement of the capital punishment was made against Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain in a packed courtroom.

The court, besides imposing fines on them, also awarded rigorous life imprisonment to Javed Ahmed Khan who was found guilty of serious offences of murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder under the IPC.

Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar, who were held guilty under milder penal provisions, were allowed to walk free as the court said the imprisonment served during the trial was their punishment.

The court, in its 42-page order on quantum of sentence, cited various apex court judgments to justify the decision to award the death penalty.

"The gravity of the crime conceived by the convicts with potential of causing enormous casualties as well as disrupting normal life of the people is something which cannot be described in words. The incident which resulted in heavy casualties has shaken the entire city and the collective conscience of the society," it said.

The court said nothing can justify such offence and moreover, "violence in any form is not permissible in a democratic set up".

"The convicts had no apparent justification or motive to take the lives of innocent citizens. The deceased persons or victims were not at all responsible for any grievances of the convicts towards the society or the government," it said.

Besides the jail term, it also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each on Farooq Ahmad Khan and Farida Dar under the Explosives Substances Act and the Arms Act.

It imposed a fine of Rs 42,000 on Mohd Naushad. While convicts Mohd Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain and Javed Ahmad Khan have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 37,000 each under various penal provisions, dealing with murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder.

-PTI


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:15


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