Home minister Babulal Gaur on Friday said that Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is active in 21 districts in the state. He, however, said the government is aware of the seriousness of the problem and steps are afoot to curb it.
"SIMI members are active in 21 district of the state, including Bhopal, Sehore, Rajgarh, Indore and adjoining districts in Malwa region." said Gaur.
He, however, parried the question, when he was asked about the five Khandwa jail fugitives, who are still on run and have become threat for the country.
Gaur's declaration about SIMI presence came as a surprise, especially, as the state government has repeatedly claimed in the past that it has 'demolished SIMI network'. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former home minister Umashankar Gupta had claimed success in curbing SIMI's activity in the state.
The home minister, who was addressing a press conference after presenting report card of his department, appeared to be in completely non-serious mood and indulged in light jokes and laughter with the reporters rather than responding to uncomfortable questions. He parried most of the questions asked by the reporters.
However, in his report card, Gaur said a zero tolerance policy has been formulated to deal with crimes against women. He added that fast track courts have been constituted to deal the cases of crime against women.
The home minister also claimed that 466 dacoits were arrested, while four dacoits were killed in 16 encounters between police and dacoits this year. Besides, 14 Maoists were caught, while two Maoists surrendered before police in the 'anti-naxal drive' conducted by police in Maoist-affected districts.
He further said that `750 crore was being spent on various projects like Dail-100 (an integrated police control room), CCTV cameras, traffic management and passengers security system and others.
A state industrial security force had been constituted and MoUs with six industries in the state have been signed, said Gaur. He said that steps to make the jails in the state modernised were also being taken. "CTTVs have been installed at four central jails: Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar and Ujjain, while as five central jails and four district jails will get the facility soon," added the home minister.