2006 Arms Haul Case: Abu Jundal Sentenced for Life

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A special MCOCA court on Tuesday (August 2) sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and 26/11 Mumbai attacks plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal and six others to life imprisonment in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Two other convicts were sentenced to 14 years of jail while 3 convicts were jailed for eight years. Eight of the 22 accused were acquitted, one faces a separate trial and another is on the run. While the MCOCA charges against all of them were dropped, convicts were found guilty under different sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act, the Explosives Act and the Indian Penal Code. The cache of 43kg of RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, 3,200 live cartridges and 50 hand grenades were sourced from Pakistan and were intended for attacks on then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia to avenge the 2002 Gujarat riots, observed special judge S L Anekar. The accused had worked to strike terror by carrying out jihad, the court added.

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