London: An Indian-origin teenager in the UK has been convicted of trying to buy explosives online with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury. Gurtej Singh Randhawa, 19, was arrested in May after undercover officers from UK’s National Crime Agency or NCA replaced a car bomb ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it was delivered.
According to details of the case, Mr Randhawa had tried to buy a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), a remote-detonated explosive device from the ‘dark web’. He is due to be sentenced on January 12 next year.
Mr Randhawa, who has been remanded in custody, was convicted of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Birmingham Crown Court this week. “The explosive device Randhawa sought to purchase online had the potential to cause serious damage and kill many people if he had been successful in using it,” said the NCA’s Tim Gregory.