NIA court sentences Al-Qaeda terrorist to 7 yrs’ RI

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Bangladeshi al-Qaeda terrorist Samad Myan was arrested in Nov. 2016 by the Special Task Force of Kolkata Police along with three others for plotting an attack in Kolkata

Bangladeshi al-Qaeda terrorist Samad Myan has been sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment by a special NIA court in Kolkata on Thursday.

Samad Myan alias Samsad alias Tushar Biswas was arrested in Kolkata in 2016. He was convicted and sentenced by the NIA court for being part of a plan to carry out terror activities in the city, an official said.

Fake passports, Aadhaar cards and voter identity cards were seized from Myan. He was booked under multiple sections of the Sedition and Arms Act.

“He pleaded guilty during the trial and that’s why his sentence is a little less,” the NIA counsel said.

The court has additionally penalized him with a fine of Rs 16,000. In case of non-payment, Myan would be sentenced to an additional six months in prison. 

According to NIA, Myan was arrested in November 2016 by sleuths of the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police. He was caught along with three other Bangladeshis for plotting an attack in the city. 

The investigation was later handed over to the NIA in March 2018. The NIA established that members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) had entered India in 2016 in pursuance of the conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India. The accused persons had traveled and stayed in Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai under the guise of laborers. They attempted to procure chemicals in Patna, arms and ammunition in Kolkata, and also establish hide-outs in Ranchi. 

The court had convicted and sentenced the three other terrorists five years ago. Further trial against one remaining accused still continues. 

According to sources, Al Qaeda is making inroads in Bangladesh via online content. Indian agencies are cautious and are monitoring online content as radical posts on Facebook go up by 250% in Bangladesh. SOURCE: NewsX

Source: PTI 
Edited by Sharnya R