Fourteen years after they killed 13 shoppers in a bomb blast at the Lajpat Nagar market, three J&K-based terrorists were handed the death penalty by a city court.
“The convicts don’t deserve to be dealt with leniently,” the court said on Thursday as it sent Mohamed Naushad, Mohamed Ali Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain to the gallows.
Of the three other Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front operatives convicted on April 8 in the 1996 case, Javed Ahmed Khan was sentenced to life while Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar walked free as the court said the time they had spent in prison during the trial was their punishment.
“The death sentence is subject to conformation from the high court,” district and sessions judge S.P. Garg said.
The court said the attack was a well-planned operation and, therefore, the death penalty was justified. It also imposed fines ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 42,000 on the convicts.