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2 terrorists, one of them Bangladeshi, convicted of terror financing in Burdwan blast case

A Kolkata sessions court Wednesday convicted two Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists, one of them a Bangladeshi national, in a terror financing case in connection with the 2014 Burdwan blast.

Bangladeshi national Sheikh Rahamatulla and Mohammad Burhan Sheikh, an Indian, have been convicted under relevant sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for money laundering from West Asian countries and financing a terror module run by the banned terror outfit operating out of Bangladesh.

“This is the first such case in the country in which persons accused of terror financing have been convicted,” a top officer of the Enforcement Directorate told ThePrint. The quantum of punishment will be decided in the next hearing on 17 March.

The verdict has come over five years after a high intensity explosion in Burdwan’s Khagragarh on 2 October 2014 left two dead and several injured.

The probe 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) led the probe into the blasts, busting a huge JMB terror network in the eastern parts of the country, which was also spreading to the southern parts. Last year, 19 people were convicted in the case under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

Following the NIA probe, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) began its investigation into the money trail that took the agency to the hawala channels originating from West Asian countries via Bangladesh.

The ED issued two provisional attachment orders last year for landed property in Burdwan’s Simulia village and two bank accounts that used to receive money from foreign accounts in phases.

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