Madhya Pradesh anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has claimed it arrested a suspected operative of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and recovered explosives from his possession during a raid in Mahidpur area of Ujjain district.
Ujjain superintendent of police Anurag said the suspect, Zuber Nagori, was arrested from his home on Monday evening.
About 200 gelatin rods and 100 detonators hidden by the accused in the water tank of an air cooler were recovered by the ATS team, he said.
It was learnt that Zuber, a motor mechanic, was arrested on the basis of information provided by one Sajid Hussain, who had surrendered before the ATS in Bhopal.
The ATS has claimed that so far it has arrested eight SIMI operatives from Mahidpur.
On December 31, four suspected SIMI operatives---Javed Nagori, Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Adil and Abdul Wahid---were arrested in Ujjain and 12 IEDs, 900 gelatin rods and 600 detonators were recovered from them.
Another suspect, Mohammad Amaan was arrested from Najhiri in Ujjain on January 4.
The SIMI, formed in 1977 in Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), had a strong presence in Malwa region even before it was banned in 2001. The outfit is suspected to be involved in terrorist activities.
Several leaders of the outfit, including its former chief Safdar Nagori, hail from Ujjain. Safdar is lodged in Ahmedabad jail.
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