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Rampur terror attack on CRPF: Pakistani among 4 to hang

The CRPF Group Centre in Rampur was attacked with bullets and grenades by terrorists at 2.30 PM on 31 December 2007, killing seven jawans

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Six convicts of the terrorist attack on a CRPF camp in Rampur about 12 years ago were sentenced on Saturday. Four of the six involved in the terrorist attack have been sentenced to death. One of them is Pakistani. Imran Shahzad, Farooq, Sabauddin and Sharif have been sentenced to death in the terrorist attack, while Jung Bahadur has been sentenced to life. Another convict, Faheem, has been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI).

The court of Rampur Additional District Judge Sanjay Kumar sentenced the six convicts who were presented in the court today under strict security. The hearing of the case went on for years.

The convicts comprise two Pakistani citizens, one of whom is now a lifer while the other will be hanged to death. The court had not pronounced the sentences on Friday. Two of the accused have been acquitted by the court because they could not be proved guilty.

Rampur terror incident

The CRPF Group Centre in Rampur was attacked by terrorists at 2.30 PM on 31 December 2007. The terrorists entered through Gate No. 1 of the centre on the Delhi-Lucknow route. There is a railway crossing before the gate. The terrorists fired bullets and threw hand grenades at the jawans present at the gate. The terrorists then entered the premises, firing bullets from their AK-47s.

Seven CRPF personnel were killed in this attack. The driver relaxing in a rickshaw outside the gate was killed, too. Police said the eight accused were

  1. Imran Shahzad from the PoK
  2. Muhammad Farooq of Punjab province of Pakistan
  3. Sabahuddin alias Sahabuddin of Bihar
  4. Faheem Ansari of Mumbai Gore village
  5. Muhammad Kausar of district Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh
  6. Gulab Khan of police station Bahedi of Bareilly district
  7. Jung Bahadur Baba of village Milak Kamru of Moradabad and
  8. Muhammad Sharif of Rampur

They were kept in jails of Lucknow and Bareilly under high security.

The trial involved 38 witnesses. Faheem Ansari, who was convicted also in a fake passport and pistol recovery case, was questioned on the basis of accounts of 17 witnesses separately. The hearing in the trial was completed on 19 October. The court gave its verdict on Friday.

On Saturday, the court sentenced the guilty. Assistant District Government Advocate Amit Saxena said that the court sentenced Pakistan citizens Imran and Muhammad Farooq along with Sabauddin Sabah of Bihar, Sharif alias Suhail of Rampur to be hanged. Jung Bahadur of Moondapande in Moradabad was sentenced to life imprisonment and Muhammad Sharif of Rampur was given 10 years’ RI. Gulab Khan of Bareilly and Kausar Khan of Pratapgarh were acquitted.

Before the sentencing, strict security arrangements were made in the court and the collectorate since morning. Even journalists had to undergo thorough checks to enter the court.

Terrorists convicted, sentenced in Rampur case

Convicted

Imran alias Ajay alias Asad alias Rameez Raja alias Ubaid, son of Muhammad Azam, resident of Samani, Thana Chowk Sadar, District Bhimbar, PoK, has been sentenced to death after trying him under Sections 148, 149, 302, 307, 333, 121, 3/4 of the Prevention of Public Property Damage Act, 16,20 UAP Act, 27 (3) Arms Act.

Muhammad Farooq alias Abu alias Zulfikar Nayan alias Abu Jar alias Amar Singh, son of Buta Patti, resident of Sangariwala, Dhakal Police Station Sadar, District Gunjarawala, Punjab, Pakistan, is to hang, too. He had been charged under Sections 148, 149, 302, 307, 333, 121, 3/4 of the Prevention of Public Property Damage Act, 16,20 UAP Act, 27 (3) Arms Act.

Muhammad Sharif alias Suhail alias Sajid alias Ali alias Anwar alias Sanjeev, son of Ayub, resident of Badanpur, Thane Khanjeria, District Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, has been convicted under Sections 148, 149, 302, 307, 333, 121, 3/4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 16,20 UAP Act, 27 (3) Arms Act, 5 (B) Explosive Substances Act.

Sahabuddin alias Sabauddin alias Sabah alias Sanjeev alias Faraha alias Saba alias Abu Al Qasim alias Berar, son of Shabbir Ahmed alias Vakil Ahmad alias Vakil Sahab, resident of Gandhwar Baya Pandoul, Thana Sakri, District Madhubani, Bihar, has been sentenced to death under Sections 148, 149, 302, 307, 333, 121, 3/4 of the Prevention of Public Property Damage Act, 16,20 UAP Act, 27 (3) Arms Act.

Baba alias Jung Bahadur, son of Khan Bahadur, resident of Milak, Kangdu, Thana Moondapande, District Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, has been sentenced to life imprisonment under Sections 148, 149, 302, 307, 333, 121, 3/4 of the Prevention of Public Property Damage Act, 16,20 UAP Act.

Fahim Arshad Ansari, son of Muhammad Yusuf Ansari, resident of Chal no. 330, Saman 2409, Motilal Nagar No 2, MG Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 200 IPC, 25 (1) (a) Arms Act.

Acquitted

Muhammad Kausar, son of Kamaruddin, resident of Azad Nagar Police Station, District Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Gulab Khan, son of Samasher Khan, resident of Shahgarh, Police Station Bahedi, District Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, have been acquitted.

Yadav govt wanted to withdraw cases

In 2012 there was correspondence for the withdrawal of lawsuits filed against the terrorists. The then Samajwadi Party government headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had sought a report from the administration that cited difficulty in moving the process of withdrawal of the case citing trial in the court.

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