Three jailed for 10 yrs, no LeT links proved

A Delhi court sentenced to 10 years imprisonment three Manipur natives for possessing explosives.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court sentenced to
10 years imprisonment three Manipur natives for possessing
explosives but rejected the charge of the Delhi police that
they had nexus with Pakistan-based Laskar-e-Toiba
(LeT) which had planned to execute blasts here.

Salman Khurshi Kori, Abdur Rehman, and Mohammed Akbar
Hussein, all residents of Imphal, were arrested by the Special
Cell of Delhi Police on the intervening night of December
18-19, 2006 from near Red Fort on the basis of information
received during interrogation of two Lashkar operatives
Mohammed Alamgir Roni and Abdur Razzaq.

Police had recovered explosives, hand grenades,
detonators and clay like explosive material from their
possession and claimed they had acquired the consignment of
explosives from Jammu and Kashmir and had come to Delhi to
execute blasts.

However, the court found the prosecution had failed to
support its allegation that the Manipuri residents were LeT
operatives and their mental intent to commit blasts in the
national capital.

It also said no recovery was made by the police based
on the disclosure statements which could lend weight to the
claim that the trio had immediate nexus to carry out blasts.
While holding them guilty for illegally possessing
explosive materials, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor said
it was a pointer towards some act of destruction.

"Mere possession of explosive substances cannot
tantamount to be a threat to the unity, integrity, security or
sovereignity of India or to strike terror in people or any
section of people in India.

PTI