The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed charge sheet against 30 activists of the outlawed Students' Islamic Movement of India in a case relating to a secret training camp organised at Wagamon in Kerala's Idukki district in 2007.
The charge sheet, filed in the NIA Special Court here, said there was clinching evidence of the involvement of the 30 hardcore activists. While four accused belonged to Kerala, nine each to Karnataka and Gujarat, and seven to Madhya Pradesh, the other hailed from Uttar Pradesh.
Investigation revealed that in November 2007, the SIMI activists entered into a criminal conspiracy in Madhya Pradesh and other places to conduct training camps for active cadres. They organised camps in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat from December 10 to 12, 2007. The same month, they held the secret camp at Wagamon, the NIA said.
Involvement in terror
Of the 30 accused, 29 are lodged in the Sabarmati Central Jail, Ahmedabad. They were allegedly involved in various terrorist cases including the Ahmedabad serial blasts in 2008. The other, Abdul Sattar of Kerala, is abroad. A proclamation warrant and a lookout notice have been issued against him.
The accused have been charged with offences under Sections 124-A (sedition), 122 (collecting arms, etc, with the intention of waging war against the government of India), 153-(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, and various sections of the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act.