MCOCA court convicts 12 including Abu Jundal in Aurangabad arms haul case



MUMBAI: A MCOCA court on Thursday convicted twelve accused and acquitted ten in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Among the 12 convicted is key LeT operative and 26/11 plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal. The MCOCA court said that this was a larger conspiracy to strike terror and they (accused) were calling it ‘jihad’.

The MCOCA court said that this was a conspiracy after 2002 Gujarat riots to eliminate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and VHP’s Pravin Togadia.

On May 8 2006, a Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested three terror suspects on Chandwad-Manmad highway near Aurangabad and apprehended three terror suspects and seized 30 kg of RDX and 10 AK-47 assault rifles.

The special court framed charges against the accused in August 2013.

However, the trial was stayed by the Supreme Court for a temporary period after one the accused challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions of MCOCA. The stay was later lifted in 2009.

(With Agency Inputs)