The Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested three suspected terrorists belonging to the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen and five to the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the police said.
While four were arrested at the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal, others were nabbed in a raid at a house in Jabalpur.
“Three of the arrested men were involved in the 2008 Ahmedabad blast case,” said SK Rout, director general of police.
A series of 21 blasts had rocked Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, within a span of 70 minutes. Fifty-six were killed and more than 200 others were injured in the blasts that occurred outside a diamond market, near a hospital, next to a railway station and in a bus.
Those arrested from Jabalpur, identified as Shaikh Mujeeb (Gujarat), Aslam (Khandwa), Habeeb (Ujjain,) and Sajid (Ujjain), have been remanded to the police custody for seven days, the police said.The accused allegedly opened fire on the ATS when the house in Jabalpur was raided. As many as five pistols, 23 live cartridges, R2 lakh in cash and several fake and objectionable documents were confiscated from their possession, the police said.
Abu Faizal (Mumbai), Ikrar (Ujjain), Mehboob (Khandwa) and Ezazuddin (Kareli), who were held in Bhopal, will be produced before the district court on Monday. The ATS had been tracking some of these accused for several months.
Sunday’s arrests came nearly 48 hours after a police constable, Shivpratap Singh, was shot dead and two others were injured when armed SIMI activists Zakir Hussain, 26, and Mohammed Farhat Khan, 21, fired at them near the Ratlam Railway Station on Friday.
SIMI was banned by the NDA government in 2002 for its alleged involvement in terrorist attacks in India.