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Delhi court sentences four Al Qaeda operatives to 7-year imprisonment under UAPA

A local court in Delhi has sentenced four members of the Al Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) to seven years and five months imprisonment for their involvement in terror-related activities.

The accused were convicted under Sections 18 and 18B of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act by Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sanjay Khanagwal of the Patiala House Court on February 10.

However, the ASJ had listed the matter for February 14 to decide on the quantum of punishment.

On Tuesday, the Trial Court sentenced Mohd. Asif, Mohd. Abdul Rehman, Zaffar Masood and Abdul Sami for conspiring to commit terrorist acts in the country and recruiting members for the terrorist group.

Besides, the Judge acquitted co-accused Syed Mohd. Zeeshan Ali and Dr. Sabeel Ahmad on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove their guilt. The court directed to release them on a bond of Rs 10,000 each.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in December, 2015 against the convicts on the basis of information that banned terrorist organisation al-Qaeda was attempting to establish a base in India under the banner of the AQIS and had declared Asim Umar as its ‘Amir’ (head).

Delhi Police had alleged that Abdul Rehman ran a madrasa in Uttar Pradesh and was trying to ‘radicalise’ the youth who enrolled there for terror activities.

The agency further alleged that Zaffar Masood was propagating the terror agenda of the outfit among the youths to attract them toward AQIS. Besides, Abdul Rehman was suspected to have international links in the Middle East and Pakistan, added the Delhi Police.

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