Six get life term for Bangalore terror attack (Second Lead)December 19th, 2011 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Dec 19 (IANS) Six suspected members of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), arrested for the terror attack at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here in 2005, were Monday sentenced to life imprisonment for “waging war against India”.
The first major terror attack in India’s IT hub on the evening of Dec 28, 2005, killed a retired professor of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and injured four people.
The police case was that a lone gunman, who is believed to have fled India, opened fire on delegates coming out of an international conference at the famed institute, resulting in the death of retired professor M.C. Puri.
Judge V.R. Revankar of the fast track court here awarded jail term for life to Mohammed Riaz-ur-Rehman of Andhra Pradesh, Afzar Pasha, Mehboob Ibrahim Saab Chopdar, Noorulla Khan, Mohammed Irfan and Nazim Uddin alias Munna, all from Karnataka.
Police had arrested seven people Jan 14, 2006 in connection with the attack and charged them with sedition, terrorism and creating religious disharmony.
The seven were accused of recruiting people in southern India for running LeT modules to wage war against the government of India, blow up dams and other terror acts.
One was acquitted while the six were found guilty Saturday. The judge had reserved pronouncement of quantum of punishment for Monday.
All the seven were in central prison at Parappana Agrahara in east Bangalore.
Bangalore, the nation’s tech hub housing well-known educational and research institutions, Indian and foreign IT firms, giant public sector factories and scores of BPOs, has since seen two more terror attacks.
A series of low intensity bomb explosions in July 2008 killed a woman and left many injured.
In the third incident, two low intensity explosion in April last year at Chinnaswamy stadium just before an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match injured 15 people.
Early this month, Delhi Police announced the arrest of several suspected Indian Mujahideen members believed to have involved in the blasts at Chinnaswamy stadium, Pune’s German Bakery and Delhi’s Jama Masjid.
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