Five Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists of whom two are wanted in the Ahmedabad blast case of July 2008, were arrested from the Khajrana area of city, by a joint Madhya Pradesh ATS and Indore police team on Tuesday night.
MP ATS chief Pawan Shrivastava and IG Indore Sanjay Rana said of those arrested, two were from Ujjain and three were from Khandwa, and they had been staying in the minority dominated Khajrana area for the past three months. Two tape recorders, two cassettes, inflammatory literature, pamphlets propagating the SIMI ideology and cash of Rs 38,662 was recovered from them. All the accused were staying under false names.
The arrested are Mohammad Shafiq (31) alias Dadabhai alias Thakur, alias Rafiq alias Ali son of Abdul Bari Ansari, resident of Fazalpura, Ujjain, Mohammad Yunus (31) alias Umar son of Mohammad Sabir resident of Begumbagh Colony, Ujjain, Sheikh Sajid (34) alias Shakil son of Sheikh Farid resident of Khandwa, Arshad (22) alias Abbas alias Rehan son of Mohammad Riyasat Khan resident of Khandwa and Firoz (21) son of Ishaq Khan resident of Khandwa.
MP ATS chief Shrivastava said that Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammad Yunus were wanted in connection with the Ahmedabad blasts. Cases were also registered against Mohammad Shafiq in Surat, Khandwa and Ujjain, against Sheikh Sajid in Surat and Khandwa for activities related to SIMI.
The officers said that no weapons or explosives were found from those arrested. He said the movements of those arrested, especially Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammad Yunus, since the Ahmedabad blasts were being probed.
“We have received 10-days remand of the accused and their motive of staying in Khajrana and what all they had been up to in the past months were going to be part of the investigation,” Shrivastava said.
The arrest of the SIMI activists has proved once again Malwa region, especially Indore remains a den of activities for the banned organization. It was from Indore that former SIMI national general secretary Shafdar Nagori and 12 other SIMI activists were arrested on March 27, 2008.