A local court on Friday sentenced to life Mujeeb Ahmed, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist holding him guilty of sedition and procuring arms and ammunitions with an intention to a wage war on India.
The first additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge L Srirama Murthy also sentenced six of his accomplices, including his female companion Zohra Nishad and brother-in-law Jehangir Khan to ten years in jail.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Mujeeb and Rs 2,000 each on the six others.
Mujeeb was arrested by Hyderabad police in December 2005 soon after seizure of a large cache of arms and ammunitions, including AK-47 assault rifles from a marble laden truck bound for Hyderabad. The weapons were smuggled from across the border by Pakistan-based Hizbul and Mujeeb was to receive the consignment, which also included a satellite phone, for creating terror in Hyderabad and other south Indian cities.
This is the second life sentence for Mujeeb. He was earlier sentenced to life by a local court for gunning down Krishna Prasad, an additional Superintendent of Police back in 1992. He was granted amnesty by the Congress government soon after coming to power in 2004 under pressure from some Muslim politicians, causing a massive uproar among police and the public.
After coming out, he did not mend his ways and got in touch with his Pakistan-based minders to procure arms and ammunitions to carry jihad. He was close to Pakistan-based Hizbul Chief Syed Salahuddin, police sources said.
Mujeeb, however, pleaded not guilty. He charged that he was being framed at the instance the same Muslim politicians, who now find a him a threat.
Nine accused in the case are still at large.