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Kolkata: A court in Kolkata has pronounced eight persons guilty of the abduction of Partha Roy Burman, the owner of the city-headquartered shoe brand Khadim’s.

Roy Burman was abducted from Tiljala in Kolkata on 25 July 2001 and was subsequently released on a ransom of Rs 3.75-crore. Five persons, including Aftab Ansari who had masterminded the 2002 American Centre attack in Kolkata, were sentenced to life for the abduction in 2009.

Bengal CID, which investigated the case, subsequently filed an additional charge-sheet in the case in 2012 against eight more accused.

The trial began at the additional district and session judge’s court at Alipore in Kolkata in 2013 and was concluded late last month. In all, the court examined 68 witnesses.

Today additional district and session judge Arunkiran Banerjee pronounced the eight accused guilty of being involved in the abduction of Roy Burman. They are Jaluddin Molla, Muzammel Sheikh, Dilshad alias Md Isha, Nur Muhammad, Akhtar alias Palawan, Miznur Rehman, Arshad alias Aslam, and Tariq Mahmud alias Nayem.

Of them, Dilshad alias Md Isha, Arshad alias Aslam, and Tariq Mahmud alias Nayem are Pakistani nationals. The judge will pronounce the quantum of punishment on 11 December.