Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front activist convicted

A sessions court here convicted Bilal Ahmed Kota on Tuesday. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: October 5, 2016 2:42 am

An activist of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), who was arrested in Bengaluru in 2007 on charges of possession of arms and ammunition and links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, has been found guilty of offences, including criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of arms.

A sessions court here convicted Bilal Ahmed Kota on Tuesday. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Wednesday.

A native of Sadarbal near Srinagar, Ahmad was arrested by Bengaluru police on January 5, 2007. The police claimed to have seized two AK- 47 rifles, 200 live bullets, 10 hand grenades, a satellite phone and other materials from him.

In their chargesheet the police said Ahmad was planning an attack on Bengaluru airport and IT firms. The police accused him of being in contact with Lashkar leaders in Pakistan over a satellite phone, which was seized from him. Ahmad lived among the Kashmiri community in Hampi, Bellary district, and ran a handicrafts store, the police said.

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