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Memon aides sentenced

india Updated: May 26, 2007 02:34 IST
Mustafa Plumber

The two men stood expressionless in the dock as Special Judge Pramod Kode sentenced them to five years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

Shahnawaz Hajwani and Sikander Hajwani, aides of prime accused Tiger Memon in the 1993 blasts, were among the eight people, including a close Tiger aide, sentenced by the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (prevention) (TADA) court on Friday. The Hajwanis had arranged training camps in Sandheri Bhor Ghat for Tiger's aides.

The next man to be sentenced was Sikander's father Issaq, who was given seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 70,000 for participating in the arms and ammunition training in Sandheri, being part of the blasts conspiracy, and concealing and attempting to dispose a huge cache of arms and ammunition into a creek. "Training in handling grenades cannot be for a legal purpose but it can be only for terrorist acts," Kode observed.

The court further sentenced Faki Ali Subehdar and Abdulla Surti to six years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 for aiding and abetting prime conspirators and hiding explosives and arms and ammunition at Agarpada village in Raigad district.