Three held guilty under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

In a first-ever conviction under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, in Punjab, a court in Amritsar on Tuesday convicted three persons in a case dating back to July 25, 2010 registered by State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) where two AK-47 rifles and a huge quantity of ammunition was seized followed by the recovery of 15 kg of RDX.

The contraband was allegedly smuggled into India from Pakistan through the Ramdas sector.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Navjot Sohal held Makhan Singh, Pal Singh and Gurmukh Singh guilty. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Thursday.

The accused were held guilty under Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 that deals with punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation where any person who is a member of such gang or organisation shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to life.

According to the police, the accused were associated with banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International. The three were was also convicted under Section 25 (1) A of Arms Act.

"This is the first conviction under the Act in Punjab," Public Prosecutor R K Salwan told The Indian Express. Salwan said that "to book a case under the said sanction required permission from Union government or state government."

The SSOC first arrested Kulwant Singh, a resident of Varpal village, and Gurmukh Singh alias Gana of Pandori Mehma in Amritsar with AK-47 rifles and huge cache of ammunition at a check point on GT road near Vallah on July 25, 2010. Later Jagtar Singh of Thoba village in Amritsar district, Darshan Singh Dhadi of Dhaliwal and Pal Singh of Dhandowal village in Jalandhar were arrested.

Their interrogation led to the arrest of Pal Singh.

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