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Riyas Aboobacker Receives 10 Years Rigorous Imprisonment for Planning Terror Attacks in Kerala
Explore the details of the case as Riyas Aboobacker is sentenced to ten years of rigorous imprisonment for plotting terrorist attacks in Kerala.
In a significant development, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi has sentenced Riyas Aboobacker to ten years of rigorous imprisonment for his involvement in planning terror attacks in Kerala. Aboobacker, a native of Palakkad district, was convicted earlier this week for attempting to recruit individuals for the terrorist outfit ISIS and orchestrating attacks within the state.
Aboobacker's arrest in 2018 was part of the NIA's investigation into the Kasaragod module of ISIS, which also probed the disappearance of around 15 individuals from the district believed to have joined the terror group abroad.
The court found Aboobacker guilty under Section 38 (membership of a terrorist group) and Section 39 (support given to a terrorist outfit) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, along with Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. The verdict was delivered on February 7.
The sentencing includes ten years of rigorous imprisonment and fines of ₹1.25 lakh, with the time already spent in jail set off against the awarded sentence. Notably, Aboobacker, aged 33, faced ten years of RI and a ₹50,000 fine for each UAPA section, in addition to five years of RI and a ₹25,000 fine for the charge of criminal conspiracy. The court ruled that all sentences would run concurrently.
The prosecution, seeking maximum punishment, emphasized the gravity of the offenses during the sentencing hearing. However, two other accused in the case turned hostile during the trial, impacting the proceedings.
This judgment underscores the ongoing efforts to counteract terrorism and uphold national security. The NIA's proactive investigation into the Kasaragod module and Aboobacker's subsequent conviction demonstrate the commitment to curbing extremist activities and ensuring the safety of citizens.
As the legal process unfolds, this case serves as a reminder of the complex challenges posed by terrorism and the concerted efforts required to address and prevent such threats. The ten-year sentence meted out to Riyas Aboobacker sends a strong message about the severity of engaging in terrorist activities and the legal consequences that follow.
The sentencing of Riyas Aboobacker stands as a crucial development in the fight against terrorism in Kerala. The NIA's successful prosecution showcases the dedication to maintaining national security and reinforces the commitment to justice. As legal proceedings continue, the case provides valuable insights into the ongoing efforts to safeguard communities from the threat of terrorism.