Two get life imprisonment for Kerala blasts (Lead)

August 12th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, Aug 12 (IANS) A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here Friday sentenced to life imprisonment two of the accused in the 2006 twin bomb blasts in Kozhikode in Kerala.

T. Nazeer, self-styled south India chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with a relative, Shafas.

Nazeer was also fined Rs.1.60 lakh and Shafas Rs.1.10 lakh. Both hail from Kannur and have been sent to the Central Jail in Thiruvananthapuram.

In prison the two should be provided with books on the Indian constitution and India’s independence struggle, the court said.

Both were charged with waging war against the nation and taking part in “anti-national activities”.

This is the first ever verdict in a case chargesheeted by NIA in Kerala.

No one was killed in the Kozhikode blasts.

Nazeer was arrested in 2009 at the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. The NIA took over the case from the Kerala Police Crime Branch.

Nazeer is also allegedly involved in the 2005 terror attack on the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science in which a retired professor was killed.

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