Kolkata, January 22: A court in West Bengal has sentenced to death three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists for waging a war against India. Importantly, among those sentenced are two Pakistani nationals.
All three were convicted under section 121 and 121A of the IPC which deals with punishment for conspiring to wage war against India.The trial court in Bongaon in North 24 Pargana District has given this decision.
Pakistani militants Mohammed Younus and Abdullah and an Indian, Muzaffar Ahmed Rathod, were sentenced to death by judge Binay Kumar Pathak of Bongaon fast track court-1. But all three convicted militants would appeal before a higher court against the death penalty.
Notably, BSF had arrested a group of four suspected militants from the land border at Petrapole in Bengal on 4 April, 2007 while they were trying to infiltrate in from Bangladesh. Later they were then handed over to the state CID.
Investigations revealed that two of the militants, Md. Yunus and Md. Abdullah, were Pakistani nationals. The probe found that all the four were well-trained in using AK-47 rifle, hand grenades and manufacturing bombs. They were found to have received training in automatic rifles, grenades and assembling IEDs.
The other two – Muzaffar Ahmed Rathore hailed from Kashmir and Sheikh Sameer was a resident of Maharashtra. Yunus, the senior-most member of the group, is also a fidayeen militant. However, Sameer managed to escape in Chhattisgarh when he was being taken to Maharashtra to be produced in a Mumbai Court.