Lucknow: A Bangladeshi national, with links to Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) terror outfit, was on Tuesday held guilty by a local court here for the 2005 Shramjeevi Express train blast which had killed 12 people and injured scores others.
Ubed-ur-Rehman, alias Babu, was held guilty by Additional Sessions Judge Buddhiram Yadav. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced tomorrow. Earlier, another Bangladeshi and HuJI operative Alamgeer alias Rony was awarded death sentence and penalty of Rs 7 lakh by the court.
Twelve people were killed and scores others were injured when an explosion ripped apart a coach of the train near Jaunpur station in Uttar Pradesh on July 28, 2005.
The bomb, using RDX, had been kept in the compartment’s toilet. RDX is a military grade explosive which has been used in several terrorist attacks on Indian targets, including the Ayodhya train bombing in June 2000. Eyewitnesses had reported that two young men had boarded the train at Jaunpur with a white suitcase. Shortly afterwards, both of them leapt out of the moving train and fled without their suitcase. A few minutes later, the explosion shook the carriage.
Along with Rony and Ubed-ur-Rehman, two other Bangladeshis — Nafeequl Vishwas and Sohag alias Hilal – were also held responsible for the blast. Vishwas and Hilal are lodged in Hyderabad jail in connection with another case, while two more accused, Ghulam Razdani alias Yahya and Sayeed, died during the pendency of the case.