Indian court awards death to Bangladeshi accused in 2005 train bomb blast case

Indian court awards death to Bangladeshi accused in 2005 train bomb blast case

A blast on the Shramjeevi Express train in 2005 left 12 people dead and several others injured. (Representative image) (AFP)

Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India | Jul 31, 2016, 09.49 AM (IST)

A local court in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday sentenced an accused in a 2005 bomb blast case to death and imposed a fine of Rupees 5 lakh (about USD 7,497).

A blast on the Shramjeevi Express train in 2005 left 12 people dead and several others injured. Alamgeer, alias Roni, was subsequently arrested in the case along with Ubed-ur-Rehman alias Babu, Nafeequl Biswas and Sohag alias Hilal.

The Bangladeshi national was also found to have links with the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJi), an Islamic fundamentalist organisation of Bangladesh, banned in its home country since 2005.

"Sentence was pronounced against Bangladeshi national Alamgeer. The case was registered under sections 302 and 307 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code). On 28 July, 2005, a bomb blast occurred in Shramjeevi Express in which 12 people lost their lives and 18 others were injured. Court has pronounced death sentence (to Alamgeer) and imposed fine of INR 5 lakh," said lawyer Vijay Bahadur.

Case against Rehman is ongoing and verdict is expected to be pronounced on August 2.

Biswas and Hilal are meanwhile lodged in a prison in southern Hyderabad city.

The mastermind of the blast, Sharif, is still on the run.

Two more accused, Ghulam Razdani alias Yahya and Sayeed, died during the pendency of the case.

(Reuters)
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