Kochi, Jan 13 (Agencies): The NIA on Thursday filed a charge sheet against 30 hardcore SIMI activists from nine states accusing them of sedition, waging war against the state and otheroffences for holding a terror training camp in Kerala in 2007 to carry out attacks in the country.

The accused were involved in various terror acts in the country, including the Ahmedabad serial blasts that killed 57 people and left over 150 injured on July 26, 2008, the charge sheet filed before a CBI court here said.

From Dec 10-12, 2007, they held a secret training camp at Thangalpara in Wagamon in Kerala, where classes on "Jihad in India" were also conducted. Twentynine of the accused have been arrested and lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad while one is absconding.

The camp in Kerala was conducted to train the participants to advocate, incite and abet terrorist
activities, disrupt communal harmony, causing threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country and thereby waging war against the legally established government, it said.

In the charge sheet filed before CBI Special court judge S Vijay Kumar, the activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India have been charged with offences under various sections of IPC, including 124-A (sedition), 122 (Collecting arms etc. with intention of waging war against the Government of India, 153-1 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and (120-B) criminal conspiracy.


Of the 30 accused, four are from Kerala, ten from  Gujarat, nine from Karnataka, eight from Madhya Pradesh, two from Jharkhand, three from Uttar Pradesh and one from Maharashtra. The NIA has decided to conduct further investigation in case of seven other absconding accused, even though there were no adequate prosecutable evidence, it said.


 Investigation has revealed that in and around November 2007, office bearers and functionaries of SIMI entered into a criminal conspiracy in Choral, Indore in Madhya Pradesh, and other places to hold training camps for their active cadres.


Accordingly, they conducted camps in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and later Kerala.
Oral and documentary evidence during the investigation established that in the camp the accused were engaged in physical training, arms training, firing practice, manufacture
of petrol bombs, motorbike racing and rope climbing.

 

Forensic evidence confirmed use of explosives in the camp. Similarly, training on preparing of petrol bombs and its use could be established from the crime scene and subsequent
forensic examination, the charge sheet said.