American Center attack case: SC commutes death sentences of 2 convicts

The Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted death sentence of two convicts in 2002 in American Center attack case, which took place in Kolkata.

The apex court ordered main mastermind in the terror case Aftab Ahmad Ansari to remain behind bars till end of his life.

Another convict Jamiluddin Nasir to remain behind the bars for at least 30 years without remission, the SC said.

Six policemen were killed in the attack in front of the American Center Jan 22, 2002.

Earlier, the Calcutta High Court had upheld the death sentence to Ansari and Nasir.

Ansari, Nasir and five others had appealed to the High Court against the death sentence given to them by a city sessions court.

Ansari and Nasir’s death sentence was upheld while the punishment of Hasrat Alam, Sakib Akhtar and Bobby was reduced to life sentence. The remaining two Rehan Alam alias Monty and Adil Hossain were freed due to lack of evidence.