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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • They are convicted under various sections of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Foreigners Act
  • A fine of Rs 26,000 on Hussain and Rs 33,000 on Farooque have been imposed respectively
  • The case, initially registered by Special Task Force (STF) Kolkata on November 21, 2017
  • The trial against the remaining three arrested and charge-sheeted accused will continue

NEW DELHI: A special NIA court in Kolkata sentenced two Bangladeshi nationals belonging to the Ansarullah Bangla Team terror group to seven years rigorous imprisonment for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India. Sahadat Hussain of 26, from Bangladesh”s Jessore district, and Umar Farooque of 27, from Dhaka, were convicted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Foreigners Act.

They were sentenced to seven years for rigorous imprisonment and the court has imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on Hussain and Rs 33,000 on Farooque respectively. They were both arrested on different occasions in November 2017. The case, initially registered by Special Task Force (STF) Kolkata on November 21, 2017, pertains to the arrest of five members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Kolkata.

Reportedly, Ansarullah Bangla Team terror group is a proscribed terrorist organization in Bangladesh. ABT members have arrested four Bangladeshi nationals while one was Indian. The NIA previously took over the case on March 1, 2018. Inquiry of the case by the NIA revealed that the Bangladeshi members of the ABT entered India in 2016 in pursuance of the conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in the country.

They traveled and stayed at Hyderabad, Pune, and Mumbai in the guise of laborers. The accused tried to procure chemicals from a shop in Patna and tried to establish hideouts in Ranchi, the NIA probe revealed. They also tried to procure arms and ammunition in Kolkata. Several incriminating materials like maps of Sealdah Railway Station and Howrah Bridge, literature on explosives and bomb-making, fake Aadhaar card, fake PAN card were seized from their possession, the agency said. The trial against the remaining three arrested and charge-sheeted accused will continue.

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