5 SIMI activists denied bail

via Pioneer News Service | Kochi published on September 13, 2006

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected bail applications of five activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) arrested from Panayikulam on August 15 after the Director General of Prosecutions informed the court that the police had to verify their activities both inside and outside the country.

Director General of Prosecutions PG Thampy said the police also had to collect e-mail addresses of the accused, telephone numbers and their addresses.

Rejecting their bail applications, Justice JM James said the materials available in the case diary were prima facie against the very “existence of the country and the State”.

The five accused, who moved the bail applications, were Shaduli, Rassiq, Ansar, Nizamuddin and Shanmas. The accused were arrested from Happy Auditorium at nearby Panayikulam.

According to police, the accused had assembled, conspired together and invited people to attend their meeting making them believe that a study class was being conducted by Islamic Youth Movement. But, they spoke against the “nation’s interest” at the meeting. Pamphlets explaining SIMI’S ideology were also distributed, police said.

Police said SIMI, which has been banned by the Centre, was trying to create ‘disaffection’ towards the nation and separation between communities. It was involved in seditious activities, which were totally against the country’s unity and integrity. They are also trying to create disparity among religions, they said.

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