Indore court awards life imprisonment to 11 SIMI terrorists

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Safdar Nagori, leader of Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)

The Indore District Court on February 27 awarded life imprisonment to as many as 11 Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorists, including the brain Safdar Nagori, for possessing explosives, weapons and ammunition.

They were accused of 2008 serial bombings across cities, killing more than 57 people, though the Indian Mujahideen carried out the actual bombings. The trial in the case was going on before the Indore special CBI court following the arrest of the SIMI terrorists by the Special Task Force in March 2008.

Serial blasts were carried out in Ahmedabad on July 26 as part of a larger conspiracy, hatched by IM and SIMI to stir up terror activity in Gujarat to avenge the 2002 post-Godhra riots killings of Muslims.

The terrorists had apparently trained people at Pavagadh in Gujarat, Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and Waghamon in Kerala in carrying out anti-national activities. The IM had taken responsibility for the blasts.

Nagori, who has been in Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad for a long period before he was sentenced. In 1997, a case was lodged against Nagori in Ujjain’s Mahakal Police Station and later in the year 2000, he was declared an absconder.