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.
“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.