The police have unearthed evidence pointing at possible terror links of the girl who has been accused in supplying SIM cards to a terror accused lodged at the Ernakulam Sub-Jail.
The police suspect that V Naushad and his girlfriend Deepa Cheriyan alias Shahina who has been accused in supplying SIM cards to terror accused at the Ernakulam Sub-Jail were indulged in terror activities during their stay at Solapuram and Murshidabad near the Bangladesh border. Noushad, the third accused in the case has been taken to Murshidabad for collecting evidence.
“One of the SIM cards supplied to the accused was active for 13 days. It was purchased in April and handed over to Thadiyantevida Nazir on the same day,” investigating officer V Gopakumar said.
According to the case, first accused Deepa Cheriyan purchased two SIM cards from a retail store of Vodafone at Palarivattom without providing valid ID proofs.
The second accused Arun Paul of Kothamangalam was the sales executive at the shop who was responsible to de-activate the SIM cards since no ID proofs were produced within the stipulated time. Shahina handed over the SIM cards to Noushad who was in prison with Thadiyentavida Nazir and his gang of 16 others persons involved in several terror activities.
The police said that calls were made from these SIM cards to the UAE, the UK, Kazkhasthan and to Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
“SIM cards might have been gravely misused. The police are also inquiring whether any anti-national forces influenced Shahina and Noushad during their stay at different parts of the country. Shahina was arrested on July 11 and on questioning she confessed that these SIM cards were purchased by her as per the direction of Noushad while he was detained in judicial custody in a Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act case.