The Kerala High Court on Tuesday observed that a thorough probe was inevitable to unearth the foreign links of the Popular Front of India activists who were arrested from a weapons training camp at Narath in Kannur.

The Bench comprising Justice S. Siri Jagan and Justice K Ramakrishnan made the observation while rejecting a petition of P.V. Abdul Azeez, an accused.

Dismissing the petition challenging the lower court order extending his police custody, the court said it was necessary to give custody of the accused to the investigating agency to unearth their illegal activities.

The counsel for the National Investigation Agency pointed out that foreign currency, foreign ID cards, foreign bank accounts etc. seized from the location would show that the accused had international links. The NIA also submitted that the police officer who arrested the accused had overheard inflammatory speeches of the PFI leader.

The persons gathered at the camp with intention to incite Muslim youth to indulge in fundamentalist activities, endangering the unity of the nation.

The accused had conducted the camp to create enmity between different religious groups.

Therefore, a thorough probe was required to unearth who were behind the organisation of the camp.

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