Five facing terror charges in Kochi
Thiruvananthapuram: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) yesterday took another step forward in the case of alleged recruitment of Keralites for terror activities in Kashmir by filing a charge sheet against the accused at a special NIA court in Kochi.
The accused face the charge of anti-national activity, and the list of 24 accused include Thadiyantavide Nazir, and Abdul Jaleel.
One of the accused, Aziz Wali, is a Pakistani citizen.
Four of the accused in the case were killed in Kashmir.
The charges also include waging war against the nation, possession of weapons and sabotage.
The case has its origins in an allegation that a secret meeting was held in August 2008 to recruit several youth to join insurgents in Kashmir.
Local police submitted a charge sheet and later the case was handed over to the NIA, considering the seriousness of the issue.
It is estimated that the four Keralites who died in Kashmir were Abdul Raheem, Mohammad Fayaz, Varghese Joseph alias Mohammad Yaseen and Mohammad Fayiz.
The four were killed in shootouts with security forces in Kashmir.
Other cases being followed by the NIA in Kerala include the Kozhikode twin blasts, Kalamassery bus burning case, the Panayikulam Students Islamic Movement of India case and the Vagamon SIMI camp case.
In the Kashmir recruitment case, the NIA believes that nearly 100 Keralites were recruited and given training in terror activities with the objective of setting off blasts in different parts of the country.