Madhya Pradesh

Safdar Nagori and nine others permanently shifted to Bhopal jail

AHMEDABAD: In compliance with the order of a special CBI court in Bhopal that had sentenced Indian Mujahideen (IM) suspect Safdar Nagori and nine others currently lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail to life imprisonment in February 2017, jail authorities have shifted the convicts to Bhopal. The special CBI court had also sentenced another person in the same case, but he was already in Bhopal jail.

In the Bhopal case, Nagori and 10 others were found guilty of waging war against the nation.
“They were sentenced for collecting arms, ammunition, explosives with the intention of waging war against the nation,” said a senior police official.

“Munroz, the eleventh accused sentenced to life imprisonment by the court is already in Bhopal jail in connection with a case,” said a crime branch official.

Nagori, the son of a police officer, is known to be a member of the banned outfit SIMI, and is an accused in the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. He had parted ways with SIMI, as he wanted to commit violence against the state. Crime branch sources said the IM suspects have been shifted to Bhopal as they have been sentenced there. “Here they are undertrials, and will be brought whenever required in the court,” said a police officer. Speaking about Nagori, a crime branch official said, “After parting ways with SIMI, Nagori turned into a major jihadi figure. He is the prime accused in the July 2008 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad that killed 56 and injured more than 250 persons.” The nine others who have been shifted to Bhopal from Sabarmati Central Jail include Safdar’s brother Kamruddin Nagori, Hafiz Hussain, Kerala based alleged SIMI member Shivli and his brother Shaduli, Amil Parvez, Karnataka doctor Ahmed Baig, Kerala-based Ansar and Khandva-based Kamran.

Crime branch sources said Nagori has also been booked in the February 2013 Sabarmati jailbreak bid along with 24 others.
The IM suspects lodged in Chota Chakkar of high security Sabarmati jail had dug a 213 feet tunnel to escape from the jail. However, the tunnel was discovered by jail authorities just in time to foil the escape bid.

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