Two HuJI men convicted of waging war against country
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 22:05
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted two HuJI militants, including a Bangladeshi national, of possessing explosives, hawala money and waging war against the country, charges which envisage death penalty as the maximum punishment.

Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma held Mohd Amin Wani, a Jammu and Kashmir resident, and Lutfur Rahman, the Bangladeshi national, who is alleged to have received training at the instance of Pakistan-based Jamaat-Ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, guilty in the case.

Both the convicts, suspected to be active members of Bangladesh based Harkat-Ul-Jihad-al-Islami(HuJI) militant organisation, were charged under the various provisions of the IPC including those relating to waging war against the country and other offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

Wani, 29, was arrested on January 4, 2007, here carrying Rs 4.5 lakh received from a hawala operative at Seeshganj Gurudwara in old city area here by the Delhi Police's Special Cell.

Rahman, 30, was apprehended from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station here with over 1.5 Kg explosives and a timer device on the same day on the disclosure of Wani.

According to police, both the convicts were out to disrupt the Republic Day function.

Public Prosecutor Vinod Kumar Sharma, in a written submission, sought death penalty against them alleging they wanted to disturb peace of the country by causing explosions. ASJ Sharma will pronounce the punishment on February 18.

In the judgement, the court rejected the contention of defence counsel M S Khan that there was a difference between the sample of explosives sent for forensic examination and that claimed to have been recovered by police.

The prosecution alleged Wani had received training in Afghanistan in terror activities while Rehman was introduced into it by Hafiz Saeed, JuD chief.

Rehman, who had come to India in 2005 after carrying out some terror activities in Bangladesh, was also held guilty under the Foreigners Act for residing at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh without valid documents.

Prosecutor Sharma alleged they were found with implements of explosion which can cause death of many persons and thereby could damage unity between Hindus and Muslilms.

The prosecution produced 10 witnesses to prove its case. The convicts, on their parts, examined two witnesses in their defence.


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 22:05

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