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Nazeer, 12 others convicted in Kashmir recruitment case

Nazeer, 12 others convicted in Kashmir recruitment case

Kochi: The NIA special court here Tuesday found 13 accused, including alleged Lashkar operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer, guilty in the case relating to recruitment of youths from Kerala for terror camps in Kashmir.

Five others were acquitted by Judge S Vijayakumar, who is likely to pronounce the sentence on October 4. The acquitted are Muhammad Naynar, Badaruddin, P K Anas, Abdul Hameed, and Shineej.

The convicted persons include first accused Abdul Jaleel, Thadiyantavide Nazir (third accused) and Sarfaraz Navas.

There were 24 persons accused in the case. Four of them, who were Malayalis, were shot dead by the army in Kashmir in October 2008. Two other accused, K P Sabir and Abdul Wali, a Pakistan national, are still absconding.

Three of the accused, including Thadiyantavide Nazeer, were brought to Kochi from Bangalore on Monday to be produced before the court.

The other accused in the case are currently lodged at the Ernakulam Sub Jail. The police had arranged stringent security measures around the NIA Special Court considering the gravity of the case.

The case relates to recruitment of men from Kerala to the camps in Kashmir for terror-related incidents in 2006.

The case was registered by police at Edakkad in Kannur district and later handed over to NIA which had filed the charge sheet in the case in February 2011.

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