Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) operatives arrested in Madhya Pradesh on the charges of plotting to kill judges of the Allahabad high court made many efforts to get in touch with Pakistan-based jihadi operatives.
Investigators have learnt that these operatives looked for websites of Pakistan-based jihadi groups and found a phone number associated with terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. A call was made and a meeting was fixed in Saudi Arabia, but the meeting did not take place.
Madhya Pradesh police had busted a module in May and arrested more than half a dozen Simi operatives. According to investigators, the module was led by Abu Faisal alias Doctor. While studying in a homeopathy college in Indore he became involved with Simi and was arrested in 2006. He was in jail for one and half months.
According to investigators, most members of the module are well read. Besides Faisal, who was studying to be a doctor, another member Mohammad Iqrar had a master's degree in economics and Sheikh Mujib Ahmad dropped out of a government college in Ambavari in Ahmedabad where he was studying to become an engineer.
The module devised novel ways to arrange finance for their operations by robbing banks. Faisal had bought a house in Tata Nagar in Jharkhand for R13 lakh, from the money they stole.
Investigators have also learnt that armed with fake identities, Faisal was trying to procure a passport to go to Afghanistan with his associates. They wanted to join Afghanistan’s jihad against US under the Taliban leader Mullah Umar.
This idea of jihad attracted many Simi activists.
Safdar Nagori, the leader of hardline faction of Simi, had also anointed Mullah Umar as the chief of his group before his arrest in 2008. He had asked one of his associates Abdul Subhan alias Tauqeer to get in touch with the Taliban leader.
Indian security establishment is yet to know whether Tauqeer's efforts bore fruit as he has not been arrested.