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Safdar Nagori, 17 SIMI cadres sentenced to 7 yrs RI in Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

A here today sentenced 18 SIMI members, including its leader Safdar Nagori, to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) after they were found guilty of organising an arms training camp for the banned outfit in in 2007.

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).

They were sentenced to one-year RI under Section 10 and five years under Section 38 of the UAPA, seven years RI under Section 4 of the and seven years under the IPC's Section 120(B). The sentences would 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 said.

The court had yesterday acquitted 17 others in the case.

The case was registered by the Police against (SIMI) members for holding an arms training camp in December 2007 at Thangalpara in Kerala's Wagamon.

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

Besides 48-year-old Nagori, the others sentenced today were 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

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

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

He continued playing "hide and seek" with the police till his arrest in in 2008.

SIMI had been banned in 2001 as a terror outfit for being "suppliers" of cadres to terror groups such as the Taliban, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the 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.

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

One charge-sheeted accused, Wasik Billa, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, 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: Tue, May 15 2018. 14:30 IST