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Once termed key conspirator of 26/11 attacks, Mumbai’s Faheem Ansari may walk free

Ansari was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a court in Rampur after being arrested in the terrorist conspiracy of the attack on the CRPF Group Centre in Rampur in 2007. The court however only found him guilty for holding a fake Pakistani passport ...

, ET Bureau|
Nov 04, 2019, 09.48 AM IST
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Ansari was brought back to a UP jail in 2013 from Mumbai, post his acquittal by SC and put on trial in Rampur trail till the judgement came two days ago.
New Delhi: Once termed as a conspirator of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks but acquitted as the reconnaissance role attributed to him was proved to be done by David Coleman Headley, Faheem Ansari could now finally walk free after spending 12 years in jail.

Ansari was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a court in Rampur after being arrested in the terrorist conspiracy of the attack on the CRPF Group Centre in Rampur in 2007. The court however only found him guilty for holding a fake Pakistani passport and an unlicensed pistol and sentenced him to 10 years in jail plus a fine of Rs 95,000. Since Ansari has already been in jail for the last 12 years, he can now walk free if he pays the fine. The court did not find any role of Ansari in the conspiracy to attack the CRPF Centre but convicted six others, including two Pakistanis, for the terror attack in 2007.

Ansari, a resident of a Chawl in Goregoan in Mumbai, was earlier acquitted in the Mumbai 26/11 attacks by the trial court as well as the Supreme Court. He had been arrested 10 months before the 26/11 attacks by the UP Police from Mumbai in connection with the Rampur attack. UP Police then claimed to have recovered hand-made maps of Mumbai from him, which post the 26/11 attacks were cited as evidence by the Maharashtra Police for him doing reconnaissance of the terror targets in Mumbai. But American-Indian David Headley was later found to have done the same.

Ansari was brought back to a UP jail in 2013 from Mumbai, post his acquittal by SC and put on trial in Rampur trail till the judgement came two days ago. A former Indian Ambassador posted in Pakistan testified against him in Rampur, confirming Ansari held a Pakistani passport numbered BM6809341 issued on November 1, 2007 in the name of Hassan Hammadwhich had been prepared on a fake identity. The Arms Act charge was also upheld against him for an unlicensed pistol found from him. But Ansari has not been found guilty of terrorism or waging a war against the country.

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