Bhopal: A local court on wednesday awarded three
years of rigorous imprisonment to six persons, including a
SIMI activist, and imposed a fine of Rs 500 each on them for
hurting religious sentiments of a particular community.
The sentence was awarded by the court of Judicial
Magistrate, Varsha Sharma, against the SIMI activist Muneer
Deshmukh along with Arshad Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Mohamamd Aleem,
Sohrab Arshad and Khalid Naeem, prosecution said.
They were held guilty under section 12 of the Press
and Books Registration Act and section 153 (a) (promoting
enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race,
place of birth, residence, language, etc and (b) (promoting
imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration)
of the IPC.
The convicts were booked after a case was filed
against them in Shahjahanabad Police Station on October 22,
2000 for putting up posters on a wall of a mosque with an
intention to hurt the feelings of a particular community.