CITY POLICE on Friday arrested an activist of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Aishbagh though it has categorically denied he had any links with the recent Mumbai bomb blasts on the basis of interrogation, seized documents and scrutiny of the email record.
SIMI activist Imran Ansari, 29, was arrested on the basis of a tip-off though there was no case against him in Bhopal. IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh said Ansari had been arrested in Kanpur and Indore in the past. However, he denied Ansari had any terror links.
A mechanical engineer, Ansari had presided over a SIMI conference held in Surat five years back and was wanted ever since. A team of Surat police has reached the Capital and is likely to take Ansari along.
Singh said Ansari held an important post in the organisational structure though he could not specify his rank. Ansari’s wife who hails from Malegaon is also a SIMI activist.
SIMI activists who were arrested in Khandwa in April had named Ansari as an activist whose stature within the organisation was fast rising. Ever since he was wanted in Madhya Pradesh. Ansari had also been given the task to strengthen SIMI in Southern India.
Police said Ansari has confessed he has been in contact with the top SIMI leadership that has been underground ever since the organisation was banned. Ansari published the Tehrik-e-Millat magazine for SIMI. He was on way to Kanpur and had stopped to meet some friends in Bhopal when he was arrested. The police rounded up some other local youths but let them off after quizzing.
Some SIMI literature has also been seized. The police scanned his email account but have so far not found any links with terrorist outfits or a link to Mumbai blasts. No information about SIMI leaders was found from him and his cell phone also has few numbers. He is being interrogated and most likely will be taken to Surat on Saturday.
Leaders still at large
THE CITY police is yet to arrest several SIMI leaders of Bhopal who went underground after the ban on the organisation. Muneer Deshmukh, a top SIMI activist, who lived in Shahpura, is yet to be traced and the police admit that they have no clue about him.
The fact that police have denied his links with any terrorist outfit or Mumbai blasts led to speculations whether the prompt arrest and terming the arrest as a ‘big catch’ was just to divert the attention from the spate of dacoities that have struck the Capital?