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SENTENCE UPHELD: Red Fort militant attack case convict Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq in police custody.
SENTENCE UPHELD: Red Fort militant attack case convict Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq in police custody.

Staff Reporter

Division Bench of the Delhi High Court acquits six others

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence on Pakistan national and Lashkar-e-Taiba member, Mohammed Arif alias Ashfaq, in the Red Fort attack case. Three Army personnel were killed in the attack on December 22, 2000.

However, the Division Bench, comprising Justices R.S. Sodhi and P.K. Bhasin, acquitted six others, who were sentenced to different terms of imprisonment by the trial court here in 2005.

The trial court awarded the death sentence to Ashfaq and life imprisonment to Nazir Ahmed Quasid and his son, Farooq Ahmed Quasid.

The High Court acquitted Nazir Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed, Ashfaq’s wife Rehmana Yusuf Farooqui, Matloob, Babar Mohsin and Sadaquat Ali in the case.Ashfaq was sentenced under Section 121 of the IPC for waging war against the Government of India and Section 302 for committing the murder of the three Army personnel. Upholding the sentence, the Bench said: “Ashfaq was responsible for the attack, and the attack was the result of a well-planned conspiracy between him and some other militants.”

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