News Desk, Amar Ujala, Patna
Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated to Friday, 17 December 2021 6:16 PM IST
A special NIA court in Patna on Friday sentenced eight accused in the 2018 Mahabodhi temple blasts case. Three of the eight convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment, Special Public Prosecutor Lallan Prasad Mishra said.
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According to the National Investigation Agency (ANI), the convicts in the case are the Prophet Sheikh, Ahmed Ali, Noor Alam Momin, Adil Sheikh, Dilwar Hussain, Abdul Karim, Mustafizur Rehman and Arif Hussain. The case relates to the installation of three IEDs inside the Mahabodhi Temple and around the temple premises.
The conspiracy took place during the visit of the Dalai Lama, the governor
The first IED was found at Gate Fifth Gate of the Cycle Wheel, where an explosion occurred while it was being deactivated. Apart from this, a live IED was found near the stairs of the Sri Lanka Math at the gate number four of the Mahabodhi Temple. The terrorists hatched the conspiracy during a visit to the Dalai Lama and Bihar governor’s temple.
The National Investigation Agency filed a chargesheet in the case in September 2018 and a supplementary chargesheet in January 2012. The special court completed its hearing on the case on December 10 and reserved judgment. The NIA registered a case on the incident which took place on February 3, 2018.