Fourteen years after a bomb explosion killed 13 people and injured 38 others in Lajpat Nagar, a city court on Thursday convicted six of 10 suspected members of banned terrorist outfit Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) for their role in the blast.
“I convict six accused in the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case,” said District and Sessions Judge S.P Garg. The court has fixed April 13 for the order on sentence of the accused.
The court heavily relied on the confessional statement of key accused Javed Ahmed Khan, whose statement before a Magis-trate in Jaipur exposed the cons-piracy. “Voluntarily confessional statement may also become basis of conviction,” Garg said.
The court noted Javed’s confession was never challenged during the trial.
The court also took a hard stand on the “defective” investigation of the police, which led to the acquittal of four others.
Seventeen accused were named in the chargesheet, including underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon.
Of those, six were never arrested as they escaped to Dubai, police said.
A seventh, Riyaz Ahmed Sheikh died. Out of the 10 arrested, those convicted are Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain, Javed Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Khan and a woman, Farida Dar.
Four others, who included Mirza Iftikhar, Latif Ahmed Waza, Syed Maqbool Shah, and Abdul Gani were acquitted
of all the charges levelled against them for lack of evidence.
The court convicted Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar under the Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The others were convicted under the stringent penal provisions dealing with criminal conspiracy and murder.