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NIA court to begin trial in Kanakamala case

With trial in the Kanakamala Islamic State (IS) module case slated to begin at the Nationa Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on September 26, the court on Monday framed charges against the accused.

Those facing trial are Manseed, alias Omar Al Hindi, of Thalassery; Swalih Mohammed of Chelad; Rashid Ali of Coimbatore; Ramshad N.K. of Kuttiyadi; his brother Jasim N.K.; and Moinudheen. All the accused were produced in the court as part of framing charges on Monday.

The case is now posted for consideration on Thursday to decide the schedule of trial proceedings.

Meanwhile, the court is also slated to frame charges on Thursday against a person from Thodupuzha who attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to join the IS.

NIA raid

The Kanakamala case came to light in October 2016 when the NIA raided a clandestine meeting held by members of an IS-inspired terror module at Kanakamala in Kannur district and took the participants into custody.

Further investigations revealed that the accused had been preparing to attack foreigners, especially Jews, visiting Vattakkanal, near Kodaikanal; prominent political leaders; and an event of the Jamaat-e-Islami in Kochi.

They had also allegedly conspired to attack High Court judges, senior police officers, rationalists, and Muslims belonging to the Ahmadiyya sect, with the intention of committing terror acts in India, to be claimed by IS.

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