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Safdar Nagori, 17 SIMI cadres convicted in Kerala arms training case

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

A court here today convicted 18 people, including founder member of the banned (SIMI) Safdar Nagori, for being members of a terrorist organisation in a case of organising arms training camp in in 2007.

convicted the 18 people under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Explosives Substances Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and acquitted 17 others in the case.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.

The case was registered by Police against members for holding an arms training camp in December 2007 at Thangalpara in Wagamon.

According to the charge sheet filed by the (NIA), the participants at the "secret training camp" had engaged in physical training, firing practice, training in explosives, motorcycle racing, rope climbing, besides classes on "jihad" in

The court rejected the NIA's charges against the accused under sections 122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against the Government of India), 124-A (attempts to spread disaffection towards government) and 153-A (spread enmity between communities) of the IPC.

Besides 48-year-old Nagori, the others convicted today are Saduli, P A Shibily, and (all from Kerala); Hafeez Hussain, Mohammed Sami Bagevadi, Nadeem Sayeed, Dr H A Asadulla, and Mirza Ahmed Baig (Karnataka); Aamil Parwaz and Kamaruddin (Madhya Pradesh); Mufti Abul Bashar (Uttar Pradesh); Danish and (Jharkhand); Mohammed Abu Faisal Khan (Maharashtra); and

While only two accused were produced today in the court, the others who are lodged in various jails in Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru, attended the proceedings through video-conference.

Nagori, who was the founder member of in India, is believed to have been radicalised after the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992.

Son of a in Madhya Pradesh, Nagori's name first surfaced in police records in 1998 for alleged anti-national activities.

He continued playing 'hide and seek' game with the police till he was arrested in in 2008. had been banned in 2001 as a terror organisation for being "suppliers" of cadres to terror groups such as Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Harkat ul-Jihad-e-Islami in carrying out activities in and

The case was originally registered at Mundakayam on June 21, 2008 and the probe was handed over to the NIA in January 2010.

The first charge sheet was filed in 2011, followed by supplementary charge sheets in 2013 and 2015, against 38 people.

Trial in the case commenced in January last year and 33 accused persons lodged in Ahmedabad, Delhi, and prisons were produced through video-conference, while the remaining two accused were produced in person.

One charge-sheeted accused, Wasik Billa, a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Prdesh, has been absconding, while another, Mehboob of Madhya Pradesh, was killed in an encounter in in October, 2016.

Another accused, alias Tawqeer, a resident of Mumbai, was arrested in the case recently.

The prosecution examined 77 witnesses through whom 252 documents and 43 material objects got exhibited, while the defence examined three witnesses during the trial.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 17:40 IST