Two HuJI men convicted of waging war against country

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.

PTI



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

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