In context of 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, Islamic Terrorists Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Hamza aka Abu Jundal along with six others have been sentenced to jail.
Two convicts got imprisonment for a term period of 14 years while 3 convicts were jailed for eight years.
Out of 22 accused, 8 were released, one faces a separate trial and another is on the run.
All the convicts have to pay a fine of Rs 20,000. The decision has been taken by Judge AL Anekar of the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Act (MCOCA) court.
The MCOCA special court said, “The arms haul was part of a larger conspiracy to eliminate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia in the aftermath of the 2002 riots.”
The case has been filed under different sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act, the Explosives Act and the Indian Penal Code.
“The cache of 43kg of RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, 3,200 live cartridges and 50 hand grenades were sourced from Pakistan and were intended for attacks on then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia to avenge the 2002 Gujarat riots, observed special judge S L Anekar. The accused had worked to strike terror by carrying out jihad,” the court added.
Special public prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade said, “The convicts can't be set free merely on the ground that they have already spent around 10 years in custody.”