CBI sources said that the court framed charges against
the three under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (criminal
conspiracy) read with Sections 363, 342, 302, 307, 326, 323 and 506
IPC and Section 4 and 5 of Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982 and Section
25/27 of the Arms Act, 1953.
The other seven absconding accused, including the five who
actually carried out the hijacking, will be tried in
absentia. All accused -- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Shahid
Sayeed Akhtar, Zahoor Ibrahim Mistry, Shakir, Abdul Rauf and Yusuf
Azhar -- are Pakistanis.
Interpol has issued a red corner notice for their arrest after
non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by the designated court.
Efforts are on to locate them. Though Pakistan has denied it, the CBI suspects that the hijackers are hiding in that country.
The sources said the investigation revealed that the
conspiracy to hijack the airliner was hatched in the
beginning of 1919, after meetings by the 10 accused in Bombay,
Kalimpong, Darjeeling (in India), Karachi in Pakistan, Dhaka in
Bangladesh and Kathmandu in Nepal.
The conspiracy was hatched to get militant leader Maulana Masood
Azhar released from jail in Jammu, the sources said.
The hijacking drama ended only after the government conceded the
demand for the release of Maulana Masood Azhar, a hardcore terrorist
wanted in several cases.
Abdul Latif arranged hideouts, passports and motor driving
licences on the basis of forged documents for the absconding co-accused
persons, by falsely showing them as Indians and arranged
for their transportation at various places.
Damai has been charged with procuring three hand grenades and three revolvers from Kalimpong and Darjeeling through co-accused Bhujel for
use in the hijacking of the airliner. He later handed over the
weapons to absconding co-accused Shahid Akhtar.
The absconding five accused -- Ibrahim Athar alias Chief, Sunny Ahmed Qazi alias Burger, Shahid Sayeed Akhtar alias Doctor, Zahoor Ibrahim Mistry alias Bhola and Shakir alias Shankar -- boarded IC-814 at
Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu on December 24, 1999.
They have been charged with threatening the pilot, crew members and
passengers, and even killing passenger Rupin Katyal and injuring some others.
The hijackers took the aircraft to Amritsar, Lahore and Dubai,
before force-landing it at Kandahar in Afghanistan.
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