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City based builder and Tiger aide convicted

They were convicted for concealing and storing explosives in their godown on the behest of the conspirators, reports Mustafa Plumber.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 22:32 IST

The Special TADA court on Thursday convicted a city based builder Noor Mohammed Khan and a Tiger Memon aide Liyaqat Ali Khan for concealing and storing explosives in their godown on the behest of the conspirators.

Judge Pramod Kode convicted the two accused based on the confessional statements given by them and that of the co-accused. Judge Kode convicted Noor on the charge of possessing 58 bags of RDX at his godown in Kashmira in Thane rural and later with the help of other co-accused trying to destroy the evidence by dumping the RDX consignment in the Nagla Bunder creek under section 201 of Indian Penal code. The court acquitted him of the charge of conspiracy and storing and concealing 58 bags with the intention of aiding terrorists.

As the court handed down the conviction, Noor wearing a purple colour shirt and trouser pleaded before the court that he was innocent. "I kept on trying to inform the court about my innocence but everytime my lawyer did not allow me to speak. He (lawyer) used to say if you want to speak then I am leaving. Judge Kode then told Noor that why did he not disclose the facts when his statement was being recorded. Noor replied back saying "Sir I had disclosed it but the court overlooked it". When an infurated Judge Kode said "You may go now, whatever, you want to say tell the court when your final statement on quantum is being recorded. Noor, however, kept on insisting that he was innocent. The defense lawyers and prosecutors had to plead him to calm down and leave the dock.

The next in the dock was Liyaqat Khan wearing a green T-shirt and denims. He was convicted on the charge of storing 80 cartons of RDX explosives at a godown in MIDC on the Thane-Belapur road and transporting them to other places in the city. He was, however, acquitted of the charge of conspiracy and possessing of explosives.

The TADA court has till now pronounced judgment against 103 accused of which 81 have been convicted and the court has acquitted 22 of them.

Email Mustafa Plumber: mustafa.plumber@hindustantimes.com