Foreigners, Simi members from Pune under watch
Over 40 activists of the banned outfit Students' Islamic Movement of India (Simi) and 6,000 foreign citizens are under the scanner of the Pune police any complicity in Wednesday's serial blasts.india Updated: Jul 17, 2011 02:10 IST
Over 40 activists of the banned outfit Students' Islamic Movement of India (Simi) and 6,000 foreign citizens are under the scanner of the Pune police any complicity in Wednesday's serial blasts.
According to sources in the Anti-Terrorist Squad's (ATS) Pune wing, the police have drawn up a list of 45 activists of the Simi. They are tracing the location of these individuals and analysing cell phone conversations they had on Wednesday evening.
The ATS official requested anonymity, as he was not authorised to talk to the press, but revealed that they are also checking if any of the Simi activists was in contact with any foreigner. While nobody has been summoned by ATS so far, movements of Simi cadre have been put under the scanner.
The organisation was banned in 2001, but a few Simi workers were still active and had floated a few new organizations, which are also under watch, ATS officials said.
In addition, movements of over 6,000 foreign citizens, staying in Pune mainly for education, are being monitored by the police. In the past six months, 167 foreign citizens were deported to their respective countries after they were found overstaying their visas.
"This exercise was undertaken as a part of precautionary measures following the German Bakery bomb blast," officials said.
Sources in the Foreigners' Registration Office, revealed that 2,895 foreign nationals have sought permission to stay in Pune in the past six months, while 3,329 have extended their visa. Any permission or extension is granted after strict scrutiny, the source added.
Pune police have also appealed to all landlords and hotels to inform the nearest police station if any foreigner is staying on their premises. In the past six months, around 30 cases were lodged against landlords who did not inform the police about foreign nationals living as tenants.