The NIA special court in Kochi on Monday awarded life imprisonment and Rs 2.1 lakh fine to Subahani Haja Moideen, a Thodupuzha native, who went to Iraq in 2015 to fight a war for Islamic State (IS) and returned to India.
Judge P Krishna Kumar in his 140-page order observed that the act of the convict was a blot on the cultural conscience of this nation. “It is a painful realization that youthful people are indoctrinated by such extremist ideologies and they are even prepared to renounce the eternal tie with their mother country, seemingly on their wishful thought that they could embrace their own paradise in that attempt. Let us hope that Shri Subahani Haja, once duly reformed, will tell them that the best rule of paradise must be the rule of law preserved by the Constitution of India,” the court observed.
It was found that he travelled to IS-controlled territory in 2015 via Turkey and was trained by the outfit at Mosul in Iraq in combat and warfare and deployed by the terrorist organization in the warfront at Iraq.
In a rare incident, Subahani was sentenced under IPC Section 125 as well for waging war against an Asiatic power in alliance with India. This is one of the first cases wherein a person has been sentenced under this section.