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Eight suspected SIMI activists arrested in Raipur

Chhattisgarh police stepped up its crackdown on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and arrested eight suspected members of the banned organisation in Raipur.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2013 22:30 IST
Ejaz Kaiser

Chhattisgarh police stepped up its crackdown on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and arrested eight suspected members of the banned organisation in Raipur.

The police nabbed the alleged mastermind of SIMI, Umair Siddiqui, 35, who was running a coaching class, and his accomplice Abdul Wahid Khan, 54, an auto-rickshaw driver, on Thursday following the interception of their phone calls. Their interrogation led the police to arrest six more till Sunday.

So far, there has been no link established between the arrested activists and the outlawed CPI (Maoists) in Chhattisgarh, the police said.

The police also learnt that Siddiqui, the “sleeper cell” head, and Wahid allegedly provided shelter to four suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives — Abdullah alias Hyder Ali, Nauman Alam, Taufeeq Ansari and Mujibullah — who were involved in the Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts.

The four Patna blast suspects were living in Raipur after the incident. Police said that Umair and Wahid were also in touch with the suspected SIMI activists who recently escaped from Khandwa jail in MP. All the arrested were remanded to police custody till November 22.