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Lifetime legal blow to SIMI chief Nagori, 10 other activists in sedition case

Safdar Hussain Nagori and 10 other activists of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have been awarded life imprisonment by a special court in a 2008 case of sedition, reported PTI.

Nagori , 45, was chief of the banned outfit. The ten accused incarcerated in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Central Jail were informed about the court’s judgment through video-conference.

Others convicted included Hafiz Hussain (35), Aamil Parvaz (40), Shivli (38), Qamruddin (42), Shahduli (32), Qamran (40), Ansar (35), Ahmed Baig (32), Yasin (35) and Munroz (40), according to PTI report.

Nagori, Parvaz, Qamruddin, Qamran, Shivli and Ahmed Baig and Hussain were also convicted under IPC section 122 (collecting arms, etc, with intention of waging war against the government of India).

Before being banned, SIMI was headquartered in Zakir Nagar that was sealed later on. Now the building wears a deserted look, said residents, adding that once an active flat is now safe place of drug addicts and house to stray animals.

Crack has appeared in the building with several rooftops caving in. The building is now being used by many as garbage dump also, residents claimed. It was in 2001 when the office was sealed on the directive of the Central Government and since then the office has been in bad shape, said IE report earlier.

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