NEW DELHI: A special court on Monday arrested Safdar Nagori along with 10 others, Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) mastermind behind the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts on Monday and awarded life imprisonment.
All 11 were arrested in a joint operation by the Madhya Pradesh police and central agencies from Dhar in 2008 and were charged under section 124 (A) of the Indian Panel Code.
The accused were arrested from a farm after according to the investigation followed by the CBI, which led them to village Aroda in Indore from where 120 gelatin stick and 100 detonators were recovered. Police has also recovered 240 pamphlets of a banned literature and a large number of video CDs from the accused. The CDs had a training programme for anti-national forces and according to the police the accused were in the process of recruiting such forces.
Also, the pamphlets contained anti-national propaganda and talked about launching a holy war against our country.
Safder Narogi along with 9 others from the 11 accused in the case are lodged in the Sabarmati jail in Gujarat while one was out on bail. The 10 accused including Safdar, lodged in the Gujarat jail were told about their conviction and sentence through video conferencing while one of the accused identified as Munroj who was out on bail arrested immediately after the sentence was announced in Indore.
Negori was also alleged to be the mastermind of the back to back Gujarat serial blasts of 2008. In July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts in which 57 people had lost their lives and more than 70 people have already been charge sheeted in this case.
The blasts were allegedly triggered by the Indian Mujahedeen (IM) and according to the police terror attack was part of a larger conspiracy jointly hatched by IM and SIMI to avenge the killing of muslims in the 2002 post Godhra riots.