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Terror law charges on Delhi militants

New Delhi (PTI): Three Kashmiri militants allegedly belonging to the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba were convicted on Saturday under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for possessing explosives to carry out terrorist activities in the capital.

Designated judge S.. Dhingra of the court trying cases under the anti-terror law convicted Sheikh Sajjad and Feroze Ahmad Sheikh, both from Srinagar, and Meharajuddin Peer from Baramulla under Sections 4B (possession of certain unauthorised arms) and 5 (punishment for offence under Section 4) of the tough law and Sections 121 (waging war against government of India) and 122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against government of India) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on August 7. The trio was arrested on the night of May 9 last year from Nizamuddin station.

Feroze had gone to the station to receive Sajjad and Peer, who were arriving from Mumbai by Punjab Mail. Police had recovered dynamite and detonators from them.

The court said the accused had brought the dynamite and detonators to carry out terrorist activities in the capital.

Feroze had told the police at the station that two other Lashkar militants — Abu Bilal and Abu Zabiullah (both Pakistani nationals) — were waiting for him in a car near Humayun Tomb with arms and ammunition.

A trap was laid and in the subsequent encounter with the police, Bilal and Zabiullah were killed. According to police, Sajjad and Peer had received Rs 3 lakh as hawala money in Mumbai out of which they had brought Rs 2 lakh to Delhi.

Bail blow to Godhra suspect

Ahmedabad (PTI): Gujarat High Court on Saturday dismissed a special criminal appeal filed by Maulana Hussain Umarji, the prime conspirator of the Godhra train carnage, challenging the rejection of his bail by a special court.

A division bench of Justices .G. Nandi and R.R. Tripathi dismissed Umarji’s appeal after upholding the prosecution’s arguments that the evidence against the accused was not “hearsay” and totally admissible under provisions of Section 30 and Section 60 of the Indian Evidence Act, sources said.

The special court trying cases under the Prevention of Terrorism Act had rejected Umarji’s bail plea on July 7, following which he appealed in the high court demanding that the order be quashed and he be released on bail.

The court observed that “at this stage, this is not a fit case where judicial discretion by the way of granting of bail is required to be exercised in favour of the appellant”.

Hurriyat on Delhi mission

New Delhi (PTI): A Hurriyat delegation headed by new chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari arrived here on Saturday and is expected to hold talks with the Ram Jethmalani-led Kashmir committee and some diplomatic corps.

On their arrival, former chairman of the amalgam Abdul Gani Bhat said the team is here with an agenda of furthering the peace process initiated between India and Pakistan.

Cave-in hurts 34

Jammu (PTI): Thirty-two children and two teachers were injured when the roof of a school building collapsed following heavy rain at Arnia in Jammu and Kashmir. About 50 students were in the private Ambedkar school, about 40 km from here, when the roof caved in. Some of the children were rescued by villagers.

AIDS alert in TN

Madurai (PTI): Tamil Nadu is among the six high-risk states with the highest percentage of HIV/aids patients, K. Deenabandhu, project director of Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society, said. From 1988, the state had recorded more than 1 per cent of India’s HIV cases.

Scribe arrested

Bhopal (PTI): A scribe who allegedly blackmailed and raped a married woman for nearly seven years was arrested on Friday. Police said the woman alleged that the journalist, who worked for an eveninger, had managed to photograph her nude and had since then sexually abused her.

Statue destroyed

Jodhpur (PTI): A statue of Ganga Ram Vishnoi, a noted animal protector, was damaged in Cherai village, 25 km from Osian in Rajasthan, triggering tension in the area, police said. People, mostly from the Vishnoi community who consider it their religious duty to protect wild animals, gathered at the site to condemn the incident.

Bihar floods

Patna (PTI): At least 40 people have died in the recent floods in Bihar and the situation has worsened with major rivers like Ganga, Bagmati, Kosi, Mahananda and Adhwara crossing the danger level at different points.


The Jammu and Kashmir government is planning a gondola ropeway in Verinag. “(The) Government is examining the possibility of a gondola ropeway from Ganai Gund to Chuntipora in Verinag,” minister of state for tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir said.

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