A special court on Saturday sentenced two SIMI functionaries, including Abu Faisal, to life imprisonment for looting jewellery from a gold finance company in Bhopal to raise funds for their alleged terror activities.
Six SIMI activists had carried out the robbery in the office of Manappuram Finance Limited in old Bhopal in August 2010 and escaped with 12-kg mortgaged jewellery worth Rs 1.46 crore and Rs 41,000 in cash. Some jewellery was recovered from them and some from shops they had sold the jewellery.
Four other accused, Zakir Hussain, Shaikh Mujeeb Ahmad, Mohammed Alsam and Mohammed Aijazuddin, were killed in an ‘encounter’ with Bhopal police on October 31, 2016, after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail.
Additional district prosecution officer Vikram Singh said that additional district judge Girish Dixit observed that all six accused were members of SIMI. Faisal had escaped from Khandwa jail in 2013 and was arrested later.
The police had arrested Sharad Singh and Shailendra Mahto in connection with the robbery and claimed that they had confessed to the crime. However, the ATS, after the arrests of SIMI activists in June 2011, had said that the six SIMI activists were involved in the robbery.
The ADPO said Singh and Mahto were released on bail. He said the two escaped after jumping bail and have been declared absconding. He said the two are still accused in the case, and a separate trial will be conducted for them.