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2016 Mysuru court blast case: 3 al Qaeda-inspired terrorists convicted by NIA court, final verdict on October 11

Friday, October 08, 2021

In a major development, a National Investigation Agency court on Friday convicted three people, allegedly affiliated to terrorist organiaation al Qaeda, in connection with the 2016 Mysuru court bomb blast case.

The three, identified as Nainar Abbas Ali, M Samsun Karim Raja and Dawood Sulaiman, are all residents of Tamil Nadu. They have been found guilty of planting bombs in a public toilet in the court premises at Chamarajapuram on 1 August 2016.

However, an official said that the quantum of sentence will be declared on October 11, news agency PTI reported.

The case was earlier registered against unknown people, but the NIA re-registered the case based on orders from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and took over the investigation.

The court blast was one among five serial explosions carried out by members of the Base Movement, an organisation that pledged allegiance to the al Qaeda, the official said.

Back in 2016, they had carried out a blast at Chittor Court in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore in the month of April, at Kollam court in Kerala in May, another at a Nellore court in September 2016, and one at a Mallapuram court in Kerala in November that year.

Ali and Sulaiman had conceived the Base Movement in January 2015 after being inspired by al Qaeda’s ideology and its leader Osama Bin Laden.

They then recruited the other accused and plotted to threaten government departments, especially courts, holding them responsible for “atrocities and injustice meted out to a particular religious group”, the NIA official said.

Later, they issued threats to prison officials and police of different states, and even the French Embassy in India.

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