4 SIMI members held in Akola
Four alleged members of the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India, were arrested on Sunday night by the Akola police and an Indica car with objectionable literature was seized from them, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Jul 21, 2009 01:16 IST
Four alleged members of the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), were arrested on Sunday night by the Akola police and an Indica car with objectionable literature was seized from them.
SIMI was banned in 2002 after it was found to be involved in terrorist activities.
A team of officers of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is interrogating the accused in Akola since Sunday night.
“We are interrogating them regarding the purpose of the meeting and who were the other people present for it,” said Additional Director General of Police (ATS) K.P. Raghuvanshi.
“We got information that a meeting was held was held in Mana village in our district on July 18,” said Akola Super-intendent of Police Pravin Padwal. “We were working on the information but they were alert and dispersed.”
The Akola police, however, managed to arrest four persons and intercept the Indica car near Murtijapur in which they found incriminating documents related to SIMI, said Padwal.
Those arrested have been identified as Abdul Razzak Abdul Karim (39) from Jalna, Masood Khan Mehmud Khan (36) from Aurangabad, Syed Ibrahim Syed Moosa (47) from Pusad in Yavatmal and Mohammad Rafiq Abdul Rehman (51) from Akola.
The four have been arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for conducting meetings of a banned organisation and possessing objectionable literature.
“We have also gathered information about other vehicles that were being used,” said Padwal.
The police said those assembled had come from Vidarbha, Aurangabad and Jalna.
“These organisations do not die just like that. The keep meeting clandestinely and this was one such meeting,” said Raghuvanshi.