Mumbai, August 2: A special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Tuesday sentenced 26/11 key plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal and six others to life imprisonment in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Also, two other convicts were sentenced to 14 years of jail while 3 convicts were jailed for eight years. Eight of the 22 accused were acquitted, one faces a separate trial and another is on the run.The court had convicted all of the 12 convicts last week when they were found guilty under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and for waging war against the nation besides other sections under IPC. The court had acquitted eight in the case, while
The court had acquitted eight in the case, while trial of two accused was separated. The court had lifted MCOCA charges over all the 22 as the charges were not proved. In May 2006, a Maharashtra ATS team had arrested three terror suspects from a highway near Aurangabad. RDX, AK-47 rifles and large number of bullets were seized from their possession.
According to media agencies, the seizures started on May 8, 2006, in Aurangabad and then spread to Khultabad, Yeola and Malegaon. As many as 16 AK-47 rifles, 3,200 live cartridges, 43 kg of RDX and 50 hand grenades were seized.
Soon after the seizures started, Ansari got the wind of it and escaped to Bangladesh and subsequently to Pakistan, where he joined his Lashkar-e-Toiba bosses. According to media agencies, he was also present in the control room in Karachi when the 26/11 attack was being carried out.