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Was blast revenge for SIMI enounter?

bhopal Updated: Mar 09, 2017 20:28 IST
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Shajapur: People attend to an injured person after a blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabdi station in Shajapur district in Madhya Pradesh.(PTI)

One of the main questions nagging the police officials of Madhya Pradesh questioning the three youths accused of planting bomb on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger on Tuesday, was why they chose Madhya Pradesh and why the Bhopal-Ujjain train?

The pipe bomb had exploded near Jabri railway station injuring nine persons.

The officials wanted to know whether Mohd Danish, Mohd Atif Muzaffar and Syed Meer Husain wanted to take ‘revenge’ for the eight SIMI activists killed in a police encounter in November 1, 2016 on the outskirts of Bhopal. Moreover the connection of Ujjain with SIMI very strong as the former SIMI general secretary Safdar Nagori is from Mahidpur in Ujjain district and he was recently given life term by a Indore court.

“They are not at all influenced by SIMI, though the SIMI and ISIS ideology are similar and neither was ‘revenge’ any motive,” an official closely associated with the interrogation said.

The officials said that it appears that the choice of Bhopal-Ujjain passenger was random. Initially they had planned to plant the bomb in the Pushpak Express, in which they had landed in Bhopal, but someone spotted the bag and they had to take it with them and later planted it in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger, which was stationed in the platform ready to leave. They entered the general compartment, put the bag on the narrow luggage rack and left.

Another reason why they chose Bhopal was because Mohammad Danish had stayed in Bhopal earlier and knew the city well. “They thought it would be easy to execute their plan here,” an official said.

Sources said that the ATS which is investigating the case is looking for at least a dozen persons all the country who are said to be part of the group that carried out the train blast and more arrests are likely.

Meanwhile, the three accused arrested in connection with the train blast were sent to custody under police remand till March 23 on Wednesday. The ATS showed their arrest on Wednesday evening and booked them under sections 307, 120 (B) and 34 of IPC and also under several sections of The Explosive Substance Act and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

A team of anti-terrorist squad (ATS), Indore led by SP ATS, Indore Ramji Shrivastava produced the accused in the court of additional district judge Girish Dixit and sought a direction from the court that the accused be remanded to the police custody as they had confessed to have committed the crime and certain other crimes too.

The police through the public prosecutor also claimed before the court that the accused had also confessed that they had links with ISIS and they had connections with terror outfits in several states and abroad.

The court, however, granted the police remand with two conditions that there would be no torture of the accused in police custody and for there they would be subjected to a medical examination and that the information on their arrest would be given to their kin immediately.

Police told the court that since the accused were arrested on Wednesday evening they couldn’t give information to their families. However, it would comply with the court’s instructions and the information would be conveyed to their families.