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5 TNLA men convicted in rail track blast case

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KANCHEEPURAM NOV. 14. The sessions court for exclusive trial of bomb blast cases at Poonamallee, near Chennai, today convicted five activists of the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army and acquitted four other activists, for blasting the railway track with country bombs near Thiruppapuliyur in Cuddalore district on March 21, 2000 to protest against the visit of the former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, to India.

The CB-CID police had arrested the nine activists and filed the case in the special court. They were charged under Section 120-B (conspiracy), Section 147 (unlawful assembly) of IPC, Section 3 (1) of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Danger to Public Properties Act, Section 3,4 and 5 of the Explosives Substances Act and Section 151 (1) of the Indian Railway Act.

L. Rajendran, special judge, convicted Natarajan (35) of Neyveli, Govindaraj alias Lenin (30) of Cuddalore, Anis alias Anis Raja (25) of Mayiladuturai, Ilango Nambi (30) of Sethiathope and Thanikachalam (30) of Nagapattinam and acquitted Ganesan (26) of Neyveli, Panneerselvam (25) of Vandavasi, Arivazhagan (35) of Perambalur, Rahamathullah (32) of Vadalur. The judge said he would deliver the period of sentence on Monday.

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