The possibility of arrested thirteen top leaders of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) planning a terror strike is being looked into by the Madhya Pradesh Police.
"There can be links between the arrested SIMI leaders and international terror groups as also the underworld. This issue is being probed...What is also being probed is whether the main aim of their annual meeting here was to plan a terror strike," Inspector General of Police (Indore Range) Anil Kumar said in Indore on Thursday night.
"SIMI activists, under the leadership of former Chief Safdar Nagori, had arrived in the city for the Organisation's annual meeting. From the preliminary inquiry, it seems they finalised training programme for its members during the meet," he said..
The leaders, who were arrested yesterday by the police following two days of operations in Indore and in neighbouring Dhar district, were residing here for more than a month, Kumar said, adding that the police have recovered news clippings from them relating to the Mumbai train blasts which raises the role of SIMI in the case.
On the issue of their links with international terrorist organisations and the underworld, he said police now, as per the evidence available, was trying to expose their local network.
He also said that more arrests were expected from Indore and its adjoining areas in the next few days.
The outfit's top leaders were arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police for allegedly being involved in weapons procurement and illegal financing of the outfit.
Besides Nagori, who has been absconding since the outfit was banned in 2001, those arrested included Shibly Peedical Abdul, wanted in connection with the Mumbai train serial blasts of July 2006 and setting up terror groups in Bangalore, and Nagori's brother Kamruddin, the chief of the operations of the group in Andhra Pradesh. All the 13 were on Thursday remanded in police custody till April 11 by a Dhar court.