The Akola police have arrested four more activists of a banned Islamic students’ organisation on Tuesday for participating in a clandestine meeting at Mana village in Akola district on July 18.
This follows the arrests of four members of Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) near Murtijapur on Sunday, taking the tally to eight.
The accused arrested on Tuesday have been identified as Mohammad Haroon Ghiasuddin and Mohammad Siddique Abdul Wahab from Khamgaon, Abdul Ahad from Amravati and Mehboob Ilyas Sheikh Lal from Pusad.
All the accused have been booked under the Unlawful Activities — (Prevention) Act for holding meetings of a banned organisation and possessing objectionable literature.
“Five of these eight accused were arrested in Surat in 2002 for similar activities and two were arrested earlier in Khamgaon,” said Pravin Padwal, superintendent of police, Akola.
The local police and a team of the Anti-Terrorism Squad are interrogating the accused.
The police are looking out for more activists who attended the July 18 meeting.
According to sources at least 35 people — mostly from Vidarbha, Jalna and Aurangabad — attended the meeting.