Three LeT men sentenced to death by Bengal court

Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including two Pakistani citizens, were sentenced to death by a West Bengal sub-divisional court on Saturday for plotting subversive strikes in Jammu and Kashmir.

The three, alongside another Indian LeT operative, were caught at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Petrapole of North 24 Parganas district while trying to sneak into India in 2007.

However, one of the Indian ultras fled while being taken to Mumbai for investigation.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge of Bangaon sub-divisional fast track court 1 Binoy Kumar Pathak gave the death sentence to Mohammed Younis and Mohammed Abdullah – both residents of Karachi – and Indian citizen Mohammed Muzaffar Ahmed for waging war against India.

The court last Monday pronounced them as guilty under sections 121 (Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against India), 121 A (Conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121).

Ahmed is from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.

Another LeT operative Sheikh Naeem alias Samir, hailing from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, fled from police custody in 2013 and has been since absconding.

The four terrorists had gone to Dhaka and hatched a conspiracy at the Moon hotel to cause destructions in India.

They were arrested in April 2007, by Border Security Force personnel and handed over to The Criminal Investigation Department of West Bengal police.