A group of 14 Muslim youths arrested in Bangalore, Hubli, Hyderabad and Nanded in 2012 as part of an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba conspiracy to attack right-wing leaders in the country could face up to five years in prison as per the charges framed against them last week by a special NIA court ahead of the trial in the case.
Charges were framed under Sections 13, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and Sections 153 and 120 of the IPC as laid out in the chargesheet against the youths. The youths have been charged with taking part in an unlawful activity, dealing with funds for unlawful activities and conspiring in a terrorist act. Charges have also been framed under the IPC for promoting enmity between different groups and criminal conspiracy. The maximum sentence for is five years.
The NIA had in February 2013 filed a chargesheet against Shoaib Ahmed Mirza alias Chotu, Abdul Hakeem Jamadar, Riyaz Ahmed Byahatti, Mohammad Akram alias Khaled, Ubedullah Bahadur alias Imran, Wahid Hussain, Zafar Iqbal Sholapur, Mohammad Sadiq Lashkar, Mehaboob Bagalkot, Obaid-Ur-Rehman, and Nayeem Siddique.
The NIA had dropped charges against three persons, who had been among 15 youths arrested by Bangalore police in August 2012 in connection with an alleged transnational terror plot, with alleged LeT and HuJI links, to target right-wing linked personalities in Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra.
Investigations revealed the alleged terror plot had links to individuals in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.