Kanakamala IS case : NIA Spl Court awards 14 yrs RI to prime accused Mehmood

Kanakamala IS case : NIA Spl Court awards 14 yrs RI to prime accused Mehmood

Agency News

Kochi, Nov 27: The NIA special Court here has awarded 14 years of Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) to the first accused Manseed Mehmood in the Kanakamala Islamic State terror plot case on Wednesday.

The second accused in the case and Chelakkara native T Swalih was awarded 10 years RI and the third accused Rashid was given seven-year RI.

NIA Special Court Judge P Krishnakumar pronounced the quantum of punishment. He also slapped a fine of varying amount on each of the convicts.

Six persons arrested in connection with a 2016 Islamic State terror plot case, were found guilty of conspiring to carry out strikes across Kerala and neighbouring states.

Others sentenced were fourth accused and Kuttiadi native Ramshad N K who was awarded three years RI, Fifth accused in the case and Tirur native Safvan 8 years RI and Kanjangad native and 8th accused in the case P K Moinuddin three years RI.

However, an accused in the case Jasim N K was acquitted.

NIA busted the alleged ISIS module from Kanakamala in Kannur district in October 2016 when they were holding a meeting to to carry out terror attacks against prominent people, including judges, police officers and politicians and foreign tourists.

The court said they had not joined the ISIS but made it clear they were qualified to be called as members of a terror gang.

They have been found guilty under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act including offences relating to membership of a terrorist organisation. (UNI)