Bhopal, Mar 31 (PTI) A special NIA court here today awarded life sentence to two members of the banned outfit, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), for looting gold jewellery worth Rs 1.46 crore and cash from a branch of Manappuram Finance Ltd.

The special judge for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases, Girish Dixit, convicted Abu Faizal (28) and Ikrar Sheikh (36) under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 395 (dacoity) and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

The NIA had named eight persons as accused in the case.

Two of the accused, Sharad Singh (35) and Shailendra Mehto (44), are absconding, while Jakir Hussain (28), Sheikh Mujeeb Ahmed (25), Mohammed Aslam (23) and Mohammed Aizazuddin (28) were killed in alleged encounters with the police.

The accused had committed the dacoity at a branch of Manappuram Finance Ltd on Bhopal’s Hamidia Road on August 23, 2010, and made off with gold jewellery worth Rs 1.46 crore and Rs 41,000 in cash.

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