A LUCKNOW court on Thursday convicted three Pakistani nationals, members of a suicide squad of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), after they were arrested with A-K rifles and hand grenades in Lucknow in 2007.
The police chargesheet has alleged that the trio — lodged in Lucknow District Jail since their arrest — had entered India to kidnap a leading politician so that they could get key JeM militants released from Indian jails. The court has fixed July 14 for argument on the quantum of sentence.
“Special Judge Om Prakash Mishra held Mirza Rashid Beg, Saifur Rehman and Mohammad Abid alias Fatte guilty on charges including sedition, waging war against the government of India, attempt to murder, unlawful activities, conspiracy and Foreigners’ Act,” said government counsel Mithlesh Kumar Singh. A total of 13 prosecution witnesses were examined by the court during the hearing.
According to prosecution, the UP STF had arrested Mirza Rashid Beg of Gujrawala, Saifur Rehman of Multan and Mohammad Abid alias Fatte of Lahore — all in Pakistan — after a brief encounter in Lucknow’s Gudamba area on November 16, 2007. The trio, who had then identified themselves as suicide squad operatives of JeM, were travelling in a car with found two AK-47 rifles, hand grenades, pistols and RDX.
While the police chargesheet did not reveal the name of the concerned politician, it stated that the accused had nefarious designs and if they would have succeeded, it would have caused disaster. It also stated that they were trained to kidnap, hold hostage and create disturbance in the country. The police, meanwhile, had failed to identify the owner of the car in which the three had travelled.