Two Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists, accused of planning to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi and some Sangh Parivar leaders, were on Tuesday convicted by a court in the Capital, under various provisions of the POTA.
Shahid Ahmad Bakshi, a resident of Ahmedabad, and Farhan Ahmed Ali of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh were found guilty by Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur under various provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The court, however, absolved the duo of the charges of conspiracy to wage war against the the country. The charges under section 4 (a), 5 of the POTA, under which they were convicted deal with prohibition and restriction of terrorist activities.
The court, after hearing the arguments on quantum of sentence, would pronunce its verdict on August three.
According to the prosecution, the convicts were arrested in Nizammudin area of south Delhi on August 30, 2002 with four kgs of RDX, two detonators and a chinese made pistol along with magazine and fifteen live cartidges.
The accused, who said they wanted to take revenge for the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, had been assigned the task of carrying terrorist attacks in the country, it submitted.
Their interrogations had led to the unravelling of a conspiracy hatched in Kuwait to target important leaders of the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal, according to the prosecution.
However, the court absolved them of the charge of conspiring to eliminate the leaders of the Sangh Parivar.