‘HuJI operative’ Waliullah gets life imprisonment in UP

A special NIA court on Thursday sentenced allegedly HuJI operative Waliullah to life imprisonment in a 2006 case registered against him under the Explosive Substances Act in Lucknow.

Police said that they had seized detonators, RDX and a .32-bore pistol from his possession after arresting him.

In June last year, a Ghaziabad court handed down the death sentence to Waliullah in the 2006 Varanasi serial blast case in which 20 people were killed and several injured.

Waliullah, who has been lodged at Lucknow district jail, was brought to the court on Thursday.

“The court sentenced Waliullah to life imprisonment in a case lodged under the Explosive Substances Act,” said government counsel Mithlesh Kumar Singh.

According to information, on March 7, 2006, a blast rocked the Varanasi Cantt railway station, and minutes later another bomb exploded inside Sankat Mochan Mandir. Police teams immediately began searches across the district and found a bomb in Godaulia locality.

On April 5, 2006, the UP Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested Waliullah, who apart from running a small wooden works shop also served as imam at a local mosque in Phoolpur in Prayagraj, from Gosaiganj area of Lucknow. Waliullah, an alleged HuJI operative, was declared the mastermind in the case.

Two years later in August 2008, a Lucknow court sentenced Waliullah to 10 years of imprisonment after he was found guilty under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act.

Since the prosecution sanction for Waliullah was not given under the Explosive Substances Act case, the court had then pronounced judgment on other charges, added Singh.