Pantheerankavu Maoist case: Trial to begin today, NIA court to seal fate of Alan's bail

Alan Shuhaib

Kochi: The trial of the 2019 Pantheerankavu UAPA case will commence at NIA special court in Ernakulam on Wednesday. As per the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency in the court, the accused Alan Shuhaib, Thwaha Fasal, CP Usman, and Vijith Vijayan participated in the activities of the banned Maoist organisation and planned riots to challenge the government.

The case had triggered political controversy in Kerala as Alan and Fasal had to spend months in jail while the ruling LDF government had a policy against charging cases under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Besides, they were locally known as CPM supporters. Following the slapping of UAPA charges, NIA took over the case.

Kerala Police arrested Alan Shuhaib and Thaha Fasal on November 1, 2019 from Pantheerankavu in Kozhikode. Usman and Vijith were caught later. The NIA charge sheet says Alan and Thaha conspired to execute unlawful activities and they are members of the CPI Maoist. It also mentions that pamphlets and pen drives were collected from the houses of Alan and Thaha.

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The NIA court will also declare a verdict on the NIA’s plea to repeal the bail of Alan Shuhaib. The trial court had granted bail for all four accused. In the plea submitted to the court, NIA pointed out that the bail was granted under a condition of not getting involved in any other cases. Dharmadam police had registered a fresh case against Alan for allegedly ragging a junior student at School of Legal Studies in Palayad, last year. Hence, the fresh case registered against Alan makes him ineligible for continuing to enjoy bail, noted the petition.

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