3 policemen appear before tribunal in SIMI ban case
A day after six policemen testified against the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), three policemen who had investigated the train blasts case of July 2006, the Indian Mujahideen case and the Malegoan blasts of 2006 deposed before the special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act tribunal on Saturday.
The police officers, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sadshiv Patil, ACP Ashok Durafe and ACP K.N. Singal, said that SIMI was behind these terror attacks.
The special UAPA tribunal, being presided over by Justice Sanjeev Khanna, is conducting hearing in connection with the 2002 ban on SIMI for its alleged involvement in terror acts. The tribunal had lifted the ban on August 5, 2008 but the Supreme Court reinstated it the next day.
Patil, the investigation officer in the train blasts, told the tribunal that the accused possessed inflammatory and objectionable SIMI literature. Patil, however, told the tribunal that he was not aware if there was a state notification banning the book. Durafe, who investigated the IM case, said IM’s co-founder, Sadik Sheikh, was associated with SIMI. ACP Singal, who was the investigating officer in the 2006 Malegoan blasts, said accused Javed Ansari was a member of SIMI.
The special UAPA tribunal has already completed its hearing in Kerala, West Bengal, Rajastan, Aurangabad and Delhi and recorded statements of 39 witnesses.
Advocate Atul Nanda, who is appearing for the Centre, said the tribunal will hear cases pertaining to Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh in Delhi.
Justice Khanna has to submit a report by August 3.