A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi on Monday sentenced two persons – Thadiantavide Nazir and Sabir Buhari – to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) while one Tajuddin was sentenced to six years’ rigorous imprisonment in the 17-year-old Kalamassery arson case. will be sentenced. Nazir and Buhari will be sentenced to 39 years and Tajuddin to 35 years under various sections.
Thadiyantavida Nazir, alias Omar Haji, alias Haji of Thayyil, Kannur; Sabir Buhari of Perumbavoor; And Thajudin of North Paravur pleaded guilty when the court on Wednesday treated the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus set on fire as the Kalamassery arson case.
The court convicted him for conspiracy under section 120(b) of IPC and conspiracy to wage war against the country under section 121A, and section 16(1)(a) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for a terroristic act. and convicted for conspiracy under section 18. a terrorist act.
On 9 September 2005, a TNSTC bus was torched in retaliation for the prolonged detention of PDP leader Abdul Nassar Madani in the Coimbatore blasts case. A six-member group led by Nazeer boarded a TNSTC bus from KSRTC Ernakulam bus station.
When the bus reached the Kalamassery Municipal Corporation office, one of the accused pointed a gun at the driver and asked him to divert the bus towards Popamala, a secluded place near Kalamassery. The attackers then asked the passengers to get down at Popamala and set the bus on fire.
Nazir, Sabir and Thajudin are currently facing trial in the Bengaluru blasts case. Nazir was convicted in several cases of terrorism in the state including recruitment of youth for terrorist activities in Kashmir.
In the case of setting the bus on fire, there were 14 accused including Madani’s wife Sophia Madani. 12th accused Abdul Rahim was killed in Kashmir. Mohammad Sabir, the 14th accused in the case, has left the country and is in Pakistan according to the NIA. One of the accused, Shafiq, had become a government witness in the case.
Last year, the ninth accused, Anoop KA, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment as he admitted his role in the crime in court.
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