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Updated: April 23, 2010 02:03 IST

3 sentenced to death for Lajpat Nagar blast

Ashok Kumar
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1996 Lajpat Nagar blast convict Mohd Naushad being escorted by security personnel after he was awarded the death penalty by a court in New Delhi on Thursday.
PTI 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast convict Mohd Naushad being escorted by security personnel after he was awarded the death penalty by a court in New Delhi on Thursday.

A court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to three of the six members of the banned terrorist outfit, the Jammu Kashmir Islamic Front, who were earlier convicted for their role in the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast of 1996 in which 13 people were killed.

District and Sessions Judge S. P. Garg awarded death sentence to Mohd. Naushad, Mohd. Ali Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain.

“Dastardly act”

“The convicts do not deserve to be dealt with a lenient view. It was the most dastardly act ... the convicts indulged in the killing of innocent persons without any provocation,” the judge said in his 42-page order.

Their accomplice Javed Ahmed Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The four were convicted by the court on April 8 for serious offences of murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder .

Jail term for two

The remaining two convicts, Farooq Ahmed Khan and his woman accomplice Farida Dar, who had been held guilty for minor offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act, were sentenced to imprisonment for seven years and four years and two months respectively.

The court also imposed fine on the convicts.

The court cited various judgments of the Supreme Court to justify its decision to award the death penalty.

Irrespective of the Judgement, the terrorist could be sure that they will not be executed as from the previous examples, especially if they are from minority communities. I believe, the minority community should force the ruling parties and denounce to play in their vote-bank politics. Media should also elaborate on this issue.

from:  Sivasathivel Kandasamy
Posted on: Apr 22, 2010 at 23:13 IST
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