Chennai: The Special Court for NIA (National Investigation Agency) cases in Ernakulam on Monday convicted 18 accused and acquitted 17 others in the SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) Wagamon training camp case.
NIA Prosecutor Arjun Ambalapatta said the verdict was welcoming one as 18 accused persons could be found guilty by the court. The NIA court to pronounce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.
Wagamon SIMI Camp case is first in India in which trial is carried out using multi-point video conferencing system. Only two of the accused were produced in the court on Monday. According to the investigators, the camp had become the de-facto launch-pad for a series of terror activities in the country. Abdul Subhan Qureshi, the 38th accused and founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM), was arrested earlier this year.
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There were 38 accused in the case, but two are absconding and one was shot dead when he allegedly tried to escape from Bhopal Central Jail in 2016, the report said.
Touqeer is the 35th accused in the case registered by the NIA and has been charged for funding the terror activities in Kerala in his capacity as the treasurer of SIMI. Investigations have revealed that the participants were imparted training, in handling arms, manufacture of petrol bombs, motorbike racing and rope climbing. The agency had found that six engineers and three doctors had participated in the camp.
Those convicted are Saduli P. of Kerala, Hafeez Hussain of Karnataka, Safdar Nagori of Madhya Pradesh, P.A. Shibily of Kerala, Mohammed Ansar P.A. of Kerala, Abdul Sathar of Kerala, Aamil Parwaz of Madhya Pradesh, Mohammed Sami Bagevadi of Karnataka, Nadeem Sayeed of Karnataka, Mufti Abul Bashar of Uttar Pradesh, H.A. Asadulla of Karnataka, Kamaruddin Nagori of Madhya Pradesh, Shakeel Ahammed of Karnataka, Mirza Ahmed Baig of Karnataka, Danish of Jharkhand, Manzar Imam of Jharkhand, Mohammed Abu Faisal Khan of Maharashtra, and Alam Jeb Afridi of Gujarat. The role of several of the accused had been identified in the explosions that had occurred at Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Surat and Bhopal. The authorities had come under heavy criticism over the failure of the Intelligence agencies in acquiring information about such a planned training camp. The SIMI operatives had also allegedly conducted classes at the Vagamon camp for training the operatives to advocate, incite and abet terror activities and to disrupt communal harmony.