Abdul Rehman, a terrorist with links to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast track court here on Wednesday.
The Goa resident was arrested by the Gulbarga police on March 30, 2006, when he was alighting from the Mumbai-bound Chennai Mail. Lethal weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, a grenade, knives, audio and video CDs containing inflammatory content and terror literature were seized from him.
Judge S.Y. Vasantkumar convicted him of waging war against India, collecting arms with the intention of waging war against India and sedition under Sections 121, 122 and 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms and Ammunition Act and the Explosives Act. He also imposed a fine of Rs. 1.75 lakh, entailing two more years in prison if he did not pay up.
Hailing from Mumbai, Adbul Rehman went to Dubai for a while in search of employment. There he got himself arrested claiming that he had visited the country without a visa. At his request, the Dubai authorities deported him to Pakistan where he underwent training in arms handling and bomb-making in the LeT camps, in the mainland as well as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, before crossing over to Jammu and Kashmir.
Special Government Prosecutor Arun S. Patil said that before coming to Gulbarga, he had stayed in Pune and then shifted base to Goa where he lived in a rented house with his wife. He also visited Hyderabad and other parts of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region and Bijapur and Bagalkot for reconnaissance of important installations, including the Alamatti Dam and the Narayanpur Dam, and planned to strike in a big way in Gulbarga city.
In Gulbarga, he stayed in a thickly populated area for a few days. He received more than Rs. 2.5 lakh through Western Union Money Transfer from his LeT handlers and received several emails in coded words, which was de-coded and presented as evidence. More than 36 witnesses were examined during the trial. He was lodged in the Gulbarga Central Prison.