New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Tuesday sentenced
two Lashker-e-Toiba militants to seven years of rigorous
imprisonment each for possessing explosives in connection with
a conspiracy to attack the Indian Military Academy in 2005.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma awarded the
prison terms to convicts Hamid Hussain and Mohd Shariq, who
were apprehended with about 10 kg of RDX and other explosives.
The court also imposed fines of Rs 1.25 lakh on Hamid and
Rs 1.30 lakh on Shariq.
The court had on January 8 convicted the two militants of
offences relating to possession of explosives and for being
members of a banned terrorist organisation.
During the arguments on sentence, counsel for the
convicts M S Khan had sought lenient view of the court on the
ground that the duo are young men in their 30s and have
elderly parents to look after.
The public prosecutor, on the other hand, sought maximum
sentence on the ground that the convicts were found to be in
possession of huge quantity of explosives.
Following the arrest of Hamid and Shariq from north
Delhi, an encounter had taken place at Uttam Nagar in West
Delhi on March 5, 2005 in which two Pakistanis Bilawal and
Shahnawaz and their Indian associate Shams were killed by the