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8 “JMB terrorists” convicted in India for planting IEDs in the Bihar temple

The quantum of the sentence against the eight convicted would be pronounced on December 17

A special Indian court convicted eight members of the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist group for planting IEDs in the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya of Bihar in 2018, PTI reports citing an official.

Paigambar Sheikh, Ahmad Ali, Nur Alam Momin, Adil Sheikh, Dilwar Hossain, Abdul Karim, Mustafizur Rahman and Arif Hussain were sentenced on Friday under articles of the Indian Penal Code, the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act, said an official with the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The case concerns the placing of three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around the temple premises, he said, adding that the first improvised explosive device, detected at gate No.5 of Kalchakra Maidan, exploded while it was secure.

Two other live IEDs were recovered near the Srilankan Monastery and from the stairs of the temple gate 4.

The convicts hatched a plot by placing improvised explosive devices in the temple complex during a visit by the Dalai Lama and the governor of Bihar, according to the NIA official.

They contacted each other, traveled together, conspired and bought explosives, made and planted these three IEDs in the temple complex on January 19, 2018.

An indictment in the case was filed in September 2018, followed by an additional indictment in January 2019, the NIA official said. The quantum of the sentence against the eight convicted would be pronounced on December 17 by the special court.

Citing terrorist acts, the Indian government banned Islamist attire at the end of May 2019, 14 years after Bangladesh did the same.