Kochi, Nov 24: The Narath Arms training case in Kerala is of extreme importance for the National Investigatign Agency (NIA).
The agency has painstakingly probed this case and as per the chargesheet it was a group of activists from the Popular Front of India and the Social Democratic Party which had organised this training camp at Narath in Kannur on April 23, 2013.
With 55 prosecution witnesses in the case, the trial has now commenced before an NIA special court at Kochi.
The trial began with the examination of a sub-inspector of police. It was sub-inspector Surendran Kallyadan who had raided the secret arms training camp at Narath.
It was found that a training camp was being undertaken in a building at Narath.
The police also took into custody 22 persons who were part of this camp. The NIA in its chargsheet stated that there was a gathering of persons who were undertaking an arms training camp.
It was also stated that one of the accused persons had links with the Indian Mujahideen and there were fund transfers between bank accounts to substantiate this claim.
The police found that the accused had procured fake SIM cards and foreign account details of Sanaulla Shabandri, who is a suspected member of the Indian Mujahideen (IM).
The PFI had, however, denied these allegations and even said that they were practising yoga.
Further they also alleged that the police may have planted the arms at the spot just to fix them. During the raids that were conducted the police managed to arrest 21 persons.
However, the main accused Kamurddin was absconding for long. He surrendered before the police only a few weeks back.