New Delhi, June 28: 15 militants of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were awarded three years of jail term for raising ‘anti-national’ slogans. As per reports, Chief Juctice Rakesh Sharma on Thursday sentenced the 15 militants along with a penalty of Rs. 1,000 each. They reportedly raised anti-national slogans and sang praises of Pakistan and the Taliban and implied a threat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2014.

As per reports, the militants while appearing for a court hearing at Bhopal High Court in May 17, 2014 raised slogans supporting the Taliban and against the nation in the court premises. Soon they began raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who at that time was just elected as the Prime Minister. The militants also have been charged with raising slogans which hurt the religious sentiment of others.

It was followed by an FIR lodged by a police personnel Santosh Kaul against these SIMI militants. In this connection, 18 people were named in the complaint and they were charged under Sections 295 A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs), 153 B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and Section 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention)of the Indian Penal Code.

Noteworthy that, according to ANI, three of the accused in this case were killed during the jailbreak encounter which took place at Bhopal in November 2016.