Did self-styled Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) chief of Madhya Pradesh, Abu Faisal alias Doctor have any role to play in early Monday morning jail break is the question crisscrossing the minds of investigators now.
Though Faisal is housed with 11 other SIMI operatives in the A block, but investigators are also probing his possible role in the jail break as he had masterminded the last jail break on October 1, 2013 in Khandwa.
With three of the jail breakers Amjad, Zaqir and Mehboob being among the six SIMI men who escaped from Khandwa three years ago, his role cannot be ruled out totally in Monday’s jailbreak.
Convicted for life in 2015 for killing MP ATS constable Sitaram Yadav in Khandwa district in November 2009, Faisal who originally hailed from Chiraiyakot area of East UP’s Mau district was arrested two months after the October 2013 Khandwa jailbreak along with two other SIMI operatives, including Mohd Khalid Ahmad who was among Monday’s jail breakers.
A former student of Unani Medicine in Indore, Faisal (whose family is based in Mumbai) had married a girl from Ganesh Talai area of Khandwa district, which brought him close to SIMI men in Khandwa town.
Both Aqueel Khilji and Abu Faisal represented the second line of SIMI in MP, after SIMI founder Safdar Nagauri’s arrest from Pithampur (Dhar) in 2008.
He is accused in several cases under the sedition law and Unlawful Activities Act, including the 2008 Ahmadabad serial blasts.
According to sources in MP police, after Khandwa jailbreak Faisal and his five aides harboured dream of joining the Tehrike-e-Taliban ranks in Pakistan and had even planned to intrude into Pak territory via Jammu and Kashmir.
The six Khandwa jail breakers also planned the release of Pakistani scientist Afia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years in prison in the US. They had done detailed recee of targets in Goa and Delhi, particularly hangouts of foreigners for staging a big ticket kidnapping of either foreign tourist or a foreign diplomat, after which they would have demanded the release of Afia in return.
While hiding in West UP in 2014, Faisal’s men had also surveyed the venue of an RSS camp in Muzaffarnagar for a massive attack to avenge the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
Slain SIMI bomb maker wanted to kill PM Modi just like Rajiv Gandhi
One of the eight SIMI men who were gunned down 8 hours after fleeing from Bhopal Central Jail wanted to blow up Prime Minister Narendra Modi into pieces on the lines of the May 1991 assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi by a suicide bomber.
According to central jail sources, the SIMI man from Mahidpur-Ujjain Abdul Majid often talked with fellow jail inmates about having the last wish of killing PM Modi after embracing him with explosive laden jacket just like Rajiv Gandhi’s 1991 assassination.
Primarily an electrician who joined SIMI module in early 2000, Majid was an expert in making and supplying bombs, which were also used by ultras in 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat.