Kolkata, Aug30: A special NIA court in the city today handed jail term to 19 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, ranging from six to 10 years in the Khagragarh blast case, nearly four years after the incident took place. All the 19 convicts, out of a total 31 accused in the case, had pleaded guilty in the case. On Wednesday, the court convicted the 19 accused in the Khagragarh blast which took place in West Bengal’s Burdwan district on October 2, 2014, killing two people.
Of the 19 sentenced, four Bangladeshis were sentenced to 10 years in prison and would be sent back to their country after completion of sentence, Siddhartha Kanjilal, chief judge at City Sessions Court, presiding over the special NIA court, ordered. Two women and a young man, who claimed to be a student, were sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment. The remaining 12 convicts were sentenced to various terms from 8 years to 10 years in prison.
Trial of the other 12 accused in the case would continue, NIA lawyer Shyamal Ghosh said. The investigation was handed over to the NIA, which in its first charge sheet in March 2015 had described it as a “conspiracy of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh, to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh through violent terrorist acts”.(UNI)