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NIA court convicts 18 accused in SIMI Wagamon Camp Case

NIA court convicts 18 accused in SIMI Wagamon Camp Case

 May 14, 2018

The Special NIA court at Ernakulam on Monday convicted 18 accused in SIMI Wagamon Camp Case under section 120B of IPC and 10 (membership of an Unlawful Association etc.) and 38 (Membership of a terrorist organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) besides section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.

The case relates to a secret training camp organised by the activists of the banned terrorist organisation Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) at Thangalpara, Wagamon within the limits of Mundakayam Police Station, Kerala in December 2007.

The training camp was attended by SIMI activists from Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The participants had engaged in physical training, firing practice, training in explosives, motorbike racing and rope climbing, besides classes on ‘jihad’ in India.

The case was originally registered in 2008 with the local police under section of various acts of IPC, UAPA and Arms Act against 43 accused persons. NIA took over this case in January 2010 and after investigation, the first charge sheet was filed in this case against 30 accused in January 2013 and a supplementary charge sheet was filed in July 2013 against 6 additional accused persons.

The final supplementary charge sheet was filed on December 30, 2015 against 38 accused persons including the 36 already charge sheeted under sections 120B, 122, 124A and 153A of IPC; sections 10, 13, 18, 20 and 38 of the UAPA; sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and sections 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substances Act on December 30, 2015. One charge sheeted accused Wasik Billa of Azamgarh, UP is still absconding while another Mehboob alias Malik of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh was killed during an encounter at Bhopal in October 2016. A third accused Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tawqeer of Mumbai was recently arrested in this case.

“Trial of the case against 35 accused had commenced on January 2017. Thirtythree accused lodged in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bhopal and Bengaluru prisons were produced through video conference while remaining two accused were produced physically,” an official release of probe agency said here.

“Seventeen accused persons, who also faced trial, have been acquitted,” the release further said. The prosecution examined 77 witnesses through whom 252 documents and 43 material objects were got exhibited, while the defence examined three witnesses during the trial.

Special NIA Court has posted the case to Tuesday for pronouncing the sentence to those found guilty, the release added. (UNI)

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