A dozen suspected activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh following Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan's directive to nab those having links with the outlawed outfit that is under scanner after the Mumbai blasts.
During the weekend, five SIMI activists were arrested from two different localities in Bhopal, while three were arrested in Indore and two each in Ujjain and Khandwa, a police official said on Sunday.
"They are being interrogated about their links and people whom they have been meeting frequently. Calls done from their mobile phones and also those received by them are being traced," the official said.
Chauhan said in Indore on Saturday that directives were issued to the state police to look for persons having direct or indirect links with the SIMI.
"Though SIMI is banned in the state, I have directed police to look for those who directly or indirectly associated with the movement and deal with them firmly," Chauhan said.
In Khandwa, police have launched a hunt for one Mohammad Iliyas who is said to be an active member of SIMI and has been absconding since communal skirmishes in the district two months ago.
Police in Bhopal were searching for SIMI's state secretary, Muneer Uzzema, who has fled with his family after the Mumbai blasts of Tuesday. A reward of Rs 3,000 has been announced for any information on his whereabouts.
In recent years, 180 SIMI activists have been arrested from various parts of the state and 48 cases have been registered against them.