A special National Investigative Agency (NIA) court sentenced a Bangladeshi terrorist from the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) group for seven years of rigorous imprisonment.

The special NIA Court in Kolkata convicted Khulna-based Rizual Islam alias Riyaz (25 yrs) in case RC-11/2018/NIA/DLI under sections 120B, 121A, 125, 468, 471 of IPC, Sections 18 & 38 of UA(P)Act, Section 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946 and on Thursday sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 36,000.

The case was initially registered by STF Kolkata in November 2017 and pertained to the arrest of five members of ABT in Kolkata.

ABT is a proscribed terrorist organization in Bangladesh.

Four of the arrested members were Bangladeshi nationals and one is an Indian national.

NIA had re-registered the case as RC-11/2018/NIA/DLI in March 2018 and taken over the investigation.

After completion of extensive investigation, NIA had filed chargesheet against five accused.

Earlier, two accused in this case were convicted and sentenced by special NIA court.

Investigation revealed that Bangladeshi members of ABT had entered India in 2016 and were conspiring to carry out terrorist acts in India.

The accused persons had travelled and stayed at Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai in the guise of labourers.

The accused persons had tried to procure chemicals from a shop in Patna and were planning to establish hide-outs in Ranchi.

“They were also aiming to procure arms and ammunition in Kolkata. Several incriminating materials like map of Sealdah Railway Station, Howrah Bridge, literature on explosives and bomb-making, fake Adhaar Card, fake PAN Card were seized from the possession of the accused in the case,” officials in NIA said.

The trial against the remaining two arrested charge-sheeted accused continues.

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