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ATS opposes bail application of three Kashmiri convicts

mumbai Updated: Oct 05, 2010 01:32 IST
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The three Kashmiri men convicted for having connections with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and planning to carry out bomb blasts in Mumbai, had come to "to create terror" and "kill innocent people", said the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) while opposing their bail application.

The ATS said the only motive of Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Wahab Haji, 61, Khurshid Ahmed Abdul Gani Lone, 32 and Arshad Hussain Badru, 29, was to spread terror. The trio had moved the high court seeking bail, claiming the Sessions court had erred in convicting them.

Assistant commissioner of police Kisan Shengal filed an affidavit opposing their bail saying, "They came to Mumbai with the sole aim of conducting illegal activities and to create terror and kill innocent people."

The affidavit stated that they had received a report from the National Security Guard, Chandigarh, which proves that explosive material (seized from the trio) can be used for making Improvised Explosive Devices. While submitting the affidavit, additional public prosecutor, Mankunwar Deshmukh, said they had filed an appeal in the high court seeking enhancement of the trio's sentence from 7 years to life imprisonment.

The ATS has also filed an appeal against the acquittal of Maulana Ghulam Ilahi Baksh Yahya, 47, the Haj House imam who allegedly harboured the three militants. The trio's advocate, Khan Abdul Wahab, argued that the prosecution had failed to establish a link in respect of the trio's identities. Besides, the evidence of prosecution witnesses is not free of doubt, their bail application said.

The trio have been in custody since their arrest in January 2006. On January 16, the Sewri fast track court convicted them under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosive Substance Act and Explosive Act and Arms Act.