2 Kashmiris get 5-yr jail in 2005 Delhi blasts

New Delhi: Two Kashmiri men were Friday sentenced to five-year imprisonment in connection with a case of allegedly pumping money for triggering serial blasts here on Diwali eve in 2005.
Ghulam Ahmed Khan and Farooq Ahmed Batloo pleaded guilty on the charge of transferring money to suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives who had allegedly carried out the blasts which claimed 67 lives.
Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash held the duo guilty for offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
However, their third accomplice Tariq Ahmed Dar, a suspected LeT militant, refused to plead guilty and preferred to face trial in the case lodged after the blasts at three places—Sarojini Nagar, Paharganj and Kalkaji—on October 29, 2005.
Over 225 were also injured in the blasts.
Both Khan and Batloo were convicted for the offences under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after they had moved applications for pleading guilty at the stage of recording of their statements in the case.
“Accused Farooqu Ahmed Batloo and Ghulam Ahmed Khan are convicted for the offences punishable under Sections 17 and 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” the court said.
Three separate cases were registered by Delhi Police’s Special Cell after the blasts.
Delhi police had alleged that Dar with Abu Ozefa, Abu Al Kama, Rashid, Sazid Ali and Zahid had entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage a war against the country and had planned serial blasts. Ozefa, Abu Al Kama, Rashid, Sajid Ali and Zahid are still at large and are alleged to be in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Prosecution had said that Dar had allegedly hatched a conspiracy with LeT operatives to plan and carry out the blasts.—PTI