17 SIMI Operatives Get 3-year Jail For Raising Pro-Pakistan Slogans
A city court on Thursday sentenced 17 operatives of banned outfit-Student Islamic Movement of India to three years in jail for raising pro-Pakistan slogans in the court premises three years ago.
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Bhopal: A city court on Thursday sentenced 17 operatives of banned outfit-Student Islamic Movement of India to three years in jail for raising pro-Pakistan slogans in the court premises three years ago.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of them. They were convicted of various penal offences, including those for committing deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings, and making imputations and assertions prejudicial to the national integration.
On May 17, 2014, 18 SIMI operatives brought to Bhopal court for a hearing. As they reached the court premises, they started raising slogans in favour of Pakistan, Taliban militia and shouted that area from Afghanistan to India belonged to them.
According to the prosecution, they shouted slogans like "Taliban Zindabad, Islam Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad, Allahu Akbar, from Palestine to Afghanistan and Pakistan, our rule will come, we have been sent by Allah for this purpose."
Besides, they shouted, "Ab Modi ki bari hai" (Now, it's Modi's turn) apparently referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the prosecution.
One of the 18 operatives was gunned down in November 2016 jailbreak incident at Bhopal Central Jail. The 17 SIMI activists are still lodged in the jail and are being tried in different cases for last couple of years.
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