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Delhi – NIA Special Court, sentences 6 terrorists in Jaish-e-Mohamad Conspiracy Case

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New Delhi. On 28th November, Ld. Special Judge, Special Court for NIA Cases, New Delhi pronounced Sentence convicting 6 accused under various offences of IPC and UA (P)Act as follows – (a) Sajad Ahmad Khan @ Sajjad Ahmed Khan @ Sajjad Ahmad Khan @ Sajjad s/o Ghulam Nabi Khan convicted for life imprisonment, RI and fine u/s 121 A, 120B IPC, 18, 18B, 38, 39 UA (P) Act and 120B IPC r/w sections 4, 5 of Explosives Substances Act. (b) Tanveer Ahmed Ganie @ Tanveer Ahmad @ Tanveer s/o Ghulam Mohiuddin Ganie convicted with RI for 5 years and fine u/s 120B IPC, 18, 38 UA (P) Act. (c) Bilal Ahmad Mir @ Bilal Mir @ Billa convicted for life imprisonment, RI and fine u/s 121 A, 120 B IPC, 18, 38, 39 UA (P) Act and 120B IPC r/w sections 4, 5 of Explosives Substances Act. (d) Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat @ Muzaffar Bhat s/o Abdul Ganie Bhat convicted for life imprisonment, RI and fine u/s 121 A, 122, 120 B IPC, 18, 23, 38, 39 UA (P) Act and section 4 of Explosives Substances Act. (e) Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat @ Ishfaq Bhatt @ Ishfaq s/o Abdul Mazid Bhat convicted for life imprisonment, RI and fine u/s 121 A, 120 B IPC, 18, 19, 38, 39 UA (P) Act. (f) Mehraj-Ud-din Chopan @ Mehraj s/o Late Ghulam Rasool Chopan, convicted for life imprisonment, RI and fine u/s 121 A, 120 B IPC, 18, 38, 39 UA (P) Act and sections 4, 5 of Explosives Substances Act.

The instant case pertains to criminal conspiracy by the top Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) leaders, namely Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, based in Pakistan, to recruit persons to carry out terrorist acts in different parts of India. A large number of Pakistan trained terrorists, weapons and explosives trainers of JeM had illegally infiltrated into Indian territory after crossing the border, with the help of their associates based in different States of India.

All the accused, especially Bilal Mir and Muzaffar Bhat, had carried out reconnaissance of targets, arranged hideouts and had provided logistical support to terrorists to carry out terror attacks in India. Sajad Ahmad Khan had been sent to Delhi to carry out reconnaissance of important targets and to establish a hideout in Delhi. The main aim was to identify, radicalize and recruit youth, impart them training in handling of weapons and explosives and fieldcraft and raise funds, procure weapons etc. in order to execute their nefarious designs.

Tanveer had facilitated transporting of terrorists and was also involved in supplying sealed parcels/ food/medicines and other logistical support.

Explosives were recovered at the behest of Mehrajuddin while detonators were recovered from Muzzaffar. Ishfaq Ahmad was highly radicalised and had facilated radicalization of other youth and was instrumental in providing shelter to the terrorists.

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