A local court here on Wednesday sentenced Mohammed Zia Ul Haq, an alleged activist of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, to seven year imprisonment, holding him guilty of illegally possessing firearm and explosive substances.

Haq was also facing other terror-related charges, including lobbing a hand grenade inside Odeon theatre at RTC crossroads in Hyderabad on the night of May 7, 2006. He was absconding since then. He was eventually caught in a joint operation by the Hyderabad police and the National Investigation Agency in May, 2010.

The investigation into different cases registered against him was later handed over to the NIA which filed charge-sheet in October of the same year. While the trial in other cases was on, the Fourth Metropolitan Session Judge of Nampally Criminal Courts on Wednesday awarded him seven years jail term in connection with possessing firearm and explosive substances.

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