A DAY after the Mumbai blasts the State Government has changed its stance on the issue of ban on Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Uttar Pradesh.
Today, the State Government asserted that the ban on SIMI was being closely monitored. This was in sharp contrast to its earlier stand. “The State Government does not support ban on Students’ Islamic Movement of India. SIMI has no activities in Uttar Pradesh. The State Government has nothing to support ban on SIMI,” said a spokesman of State Home department recently.
The State Government had communicated to the Centre on June 21, 2005 that there was no evidence on record to show that the SIMI was active in Uttar Pradesh, he said. Hence there was no need to ban the organisation in UP.
Significantly the State Government had taken this view despite indications of SIMI’s involvement in Shramjeevi Express blasts that took place immediately after Ayodhya terrorist attacks.
Principal Secretary (Home) Satish Kumar Agarwal and DGP Bua Singh today said the ban on Students’ Islamic Movement of India was being closely monitored.
The state police had conducted raids at a number of places to effectively implement the ban on SIMI, said two officers adding that no activities of SIMI were being allowed in the state. Officers insisted that the ban on SIMI under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 was in force in UP as well. The officers however did not give the list of places where the raids, they claimed, had been conducted.
Meanwhile, the State Government had also issued directives to maintain a strict vigil at communally sensitive places. The State Government has already issued a statewide high alert in view of the sensitivity of Mumbai blasts, said Agarwal adding an intensive checking drive had been launched in all trains.
The State Government has been forced to take extra precaution in view of activities of various terrorists’ modules in some districts and recent terrorist attacks in Ayodhya and Varanasi etc. Replying to a question DGP Bua Singh said it was premature to draw any conclusions about the terrorist modules involved in Mumbai blasts and their connections with ultras operating in Uttar Pradesh.