A Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court has pronounced as many as 12 people, including Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, guilty in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
The objective behind the case was to avenge the Godhra riots by attacking former Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia and also instilling fear among people.
Apart from those convicted, eight have been acquitted. One is still on the loose, while one has turned an approver. The MCOCA charges in the case were dropped by the court in which 22 people were arrested.
The trial, which had resumed in 2013 after Abu Jundal’s arrest, had concluded in March this year.
The case refers to the May 8, 2006 op in which three terror suspects travelling in a car were nabbed on the Chandwad-Manmad highway, near Aurangabad by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
Around 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47 army assault rifles, 3,200 rounds of ammunition and other things were recovered by the ATS. They were alleged to be used for carrying out terror strikes across the country.
The Indica car, driven by Jundal, managed to hoodwink the police. Jundal, who hails from Beed district of Maharashtra, drove to Malegaon and later escaped to Bangladesh from where he fled to Pakistan.