The Apex Court commuted death sentence of mastermind Aftab Ahmad Ansari and another convict Jamiluddin Nasir in the case. The court said that Ansari will remain in jail till the end of his life and Nasir will behind the bars for at least 30 years without remission.

Ansari, Nasir and five others had moved the Supreme Court against their death sentence pronounced by a sessions court.

The two men were found guilty of firing arbitrarily at policemen outside the American Center on Kolkata's Jawaharlal Nehru Road on the morning of January 22, 2002. Six policemen were killed instantly and 14 others were wounded.

Ansari was arrested from Dubai and deported to India on February 9, 2002 to face trial. According to sources, he was allegedly a member of the terror outfit Asif Reza Commando Force that reportedly had links with the Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islam.
Ansari apparently would run extortion and abduction rings in India and had set up bases in Kolkata, Agra, Mumbai, Malegaon and Surat.


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