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Two LeT men convicted in 1997 blasts case

Two Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were among seven men convicted by a Delhi court.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 20:18 IST

Two Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were among seven men convicted by a Delhi court on Tuesday in connection with bomb blasts which rocked various North Indian cities in 1997 killing 17 persons and injuring nearly 300 others.

The Pakistanis -- Azad Mohammed and Mohd Hussain -- were held guilty of conspiring with Amir Khan, Mohd Shakil and Abdul Bagi for waging war against the country. They were also convicted under the Foreigners Act.

The other two accused Mohd Umar Ali and Mohd Abdul Qasim were also held guilty for conspiring with them to trigger as many as 37 blasts in Delhi, Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Varanasi on different occasions in 1997.

All the accused except Bagi have been found guilty under various provisions of the Explosives Act.

"The identical nature of all the blasts confirmed that they were planned by the same group who had acted in pursuance of a common intention", Additional Sessions Judge Rajiv Mehra observed.

Besides, the fact that same chemicals and explosive substances were used proves beyond doubt the complicity of the convicts, the Judge added. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on Wednesday.

Police had arrested all the accused from a hide-out in Sadar Bazar area in North Delhi on February 27, 1998 and seized 50 Kg chemicals used for making bombs, $2,200, Rs 70,000 and some incriminating documents.

The court had in 1993 convicted eight other accused after they pleaded guilty while five others were discharged for "want of sufficient evidence" against them.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 19:30 IST