Ayodhya terror attack: Court sentences four to life in 2005 case

Special judge Dinesh Chandra also imposed a fine of Rs 2.4 lakh on each of the convicts. (Representational Image)

A special court in Allahabad on Tuesday sentenced four accused to life imprisonment and acquited one in the 2005 Ayodhya terror attack case in which two locals were killed and seven CRPF personnel were injured.

Special judge Dinesh Chandra also imposed a fine of Rs 2.4 lakh on each of the convicts, public prosecutor Gulab Chandra Agrahari told reporters.

Agrahari said that the four who got life imprisonment are: Doctor Irrfan, Shakeel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Mohammed Naseem; while Mohammed Aziz was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Seven persons, including five alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad operatives and two local residents (Ramesh Panda and Shanti Devi) were gunned down, while seven CRPF jawans got injured in the attack.

The UP police had arrested five persons, Irfan, Ashiq Iqbal alias Farooque, Shakeel Ahmed, Mohammad Naseem and Mohammad Aziz, in the case and they are lodged at Naini jail in Allahabad. Dr Irfan hails from UP s Saharanpur district while others are residents of Poonch in Jammu.

Welcoming the verdict, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government would take appropriate action on the acquittal of one person after examining the ruling.

"The court judgement is welcome. For one person who has been acquitted, the necessary action will be taken after taking legal opinion. The government will keep an eye on the case," the CM said in a statement.