The former national secretary of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India, who carried a reward of Rs 15,000 on his head, was arrested in Bhopal on Saturday by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
"The accused Muneer Deshmukh (40), also a former state SIMI president, was arrested on a tipoff that he was coming to Bhopal from Delhi by Malwa Express," State ATS Chief Vipin Maheswari told reporters here. Around half a dozen cases, including five under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Bhopal, have been registered against Muneer, a post graduate in Environmental Sciences who went underground in 2001 when SIMI was banned, he said.
Muneer, son of a retired professor Munnawar Deshmukh of the city-based National Institute of Technology, had earlier worked as a clerk in Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board, a job that he got on compensatory ground after his brother's demise, ATS officials said.
He joined SIMI in 1996 and became its state secretary the following year, they said, adding, later he was elevated to the post of State SIMI president and also as its national secretary. After going underground, Muneer hid in Delhi, Aurangabad and Hyderbad, they said.