KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday upheld the life sentence of Pakistani terrorist Shahbaz Ismail (39) – a Pakistan Rangers-turned-Al-Badr member – who had been found carrying explosives to Jammu and Kashmir. He had been given a life term by a trial court for being involved in terrorist activities in India.
The STF of Kolkata Police had arrested Ismail on March 19, 2009. A division bench of Justice Debangsu Basak and Justice Md Shabbar Rashidi stated they “were of the considered opinion that the impugned judgment of conviction and order of sentence are well founded on the basis of unshaken testimony of ocular as well as documentary evidence and deserve no interference.” On March 15 in 2021, the additional sessions judge, 1st Fast Track Court, had convicted the accused.
According to the STF sources, the accused was a trained militant of Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Al-Badr and was arrested while he was booking railway tickets from Fairlie Place for his journey to Srinagar in the guise of an Indian citizen named Md Jamal of Murshidabad’s Jalangi.
During investigation, cops recovered from him forged driving licence and voter ID, mobile with Bangladeshi Sim card and semi-solid explosive that was a mixture of ammonium nitrate and petroleum hydrocarbons as revealed in the CFSL report. On questioning the accused, cops came to know that he hails from Sumali Mohalla in the Dera Ghazi Khan district of Pakistan.