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18 SIMI activists sent to jail for 7 years by NIA court

18 SIMI activists sent to jail for 7 years by NIA court

 May 16, 2018

The Ernakulam Special Court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday sent 18 SIMI activists, including its leader Safdar Nagori, to seven years imprisonment in connection with organising an arms training camp for banned outfit in Kerala in 2007.

Special NIA court Judge Kauser Edappagath also sentenced them to varying terms of imprisonment under different sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the Explosives Substances Act (ESA) and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

All the sentences have been ordered to run concurrently. Fourteen convicts, who have been in judicial custody for more than seven years will get the benefit of set off allowed by the court, a defence lawyer said.

The court had yesterday acquitted 17 others in the case.

The case was related to a secret training camp organised by the activists of the banned terrorist organisation Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) at Thangalpara, Wagamon in 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, rope climbing, besides classes on ‘jihad’ in India.

NIA took over this case in January 2010 and the charge sheet was filed on December 30, 2015 against 38 accused. During trial, 17 people were acquitted.

One chargesheeted accused Wasik Billa of Azamgarh, UP is still absconding while one chargesheeted accused Mehboob alias Malik of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh was killed during an encounter at Bhopal in October, 2016. Another accused Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tawqeer of Mumbai was recently arrested in this case. (UNI)

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