Slain ‘Simi’ men behind ATM heist: Police

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 00:28 IST

The state police on Sunday claimed that the two suspected Students’ Islamic Movement of India (Simi) operatives who were killed in an encounter in Telangana on Saturday, are believed to have been involved in the Hasanganj ATM heist where `50 lakh was stolen and three persons killed.

On Sunday, Mohammad Ejazuddin (30) and Mohammad Aslam (27) were killed in an encounter in Nalgonda, which also left two cops dead and a third critically injured. According to the police, Ejazuddin and Aslam were among the seven Simi operatives who escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district in 2013.

Director general of police, Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kumar Jain told the media that the Telangana police had confirmed that the two slain Simi fugitives were suspected to be involved in the sensational crime that had rocked the state capital a few weeks ago.

On February 27, two men stole `50.5 lakh from an ATM and killed three persons, including two security guards of a cash replenishment agency while they were refilling the money in the machine. The DGP said the Telangana police had suspected the involvement of the men in eight other incidents, including the blast in UP’s Bijnore district in 2014.

Jain added that they suspected the duo had committed several crimes in different states to generate funds for their organisation. According to Jain, a team from Lucknow has left to Nalgonda to coordinate the investigations and verify the inputs sent by the Telangana police.

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