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Five SIMI activists arrested

FIVE SUSPECTED activists belonging to the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were arrested and Khandwa police seized inflammatory material yesterday.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:03 IST

FIVE SUSPECTED activists belonging to the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were arrested and Khandwa police seized inflammatory material yesterday.

According to sources Javed Gauri of Gulshan Nagar, Mohammed Aqueel of Kaharwadi and Asif of Khanshawali - wanted for fomenting the riots that rocked the town on April 11 - were arrested.

It was learned from Javed that SIMI activists were active in the city and on getting clues from him the police seized literature inflaming communal sentiment from the house of Inam Hafiz. Daughters of the house owner Hasia Hafiz and Rasia Hafiz were arrested from the spot.

It was learnt that their brother Inam was an active member of SIMI that was banned by the Central Government through a notification issued on February 8, 2006, but had escaped before the police could arrive.

According to Superintendent Police (SP) D C Sagar, information was received that the said accused taking advantage of the tense communal situation prevailing in the town after the riots were distributing material pertaining to SIMI near Kaharwadi mosque.

Acting on the information the police arrested the three accused from near the mosque and then on their information raided the house from where the inflammatory material, including several induction forms to the banned organisation, were seized. 

All three had complicity in various cases had were history-sheeters of whom a record was available in Athwaline police station in Surat, Gujarat.

The curfew imposed on the town was lifted after reviewing the situation from April 15. Section 144, however, remains in place and would be lifted once normalcy returns to the town.