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UP Govt not too inclined to ban outfit

NOTWITHSTANDING THE Centre?s directives for a crackdown on the Students? Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for its role in the Mumbai blasts, the State Government remains indifferent and continues to drag its feet over banning SIMI.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 01:23 IST

Students’ Islamic Movement of India

NOTWITHSTANDING THE Centre’s directives for a crackdown on the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for its role in the Mumbai blasts, the State Government remains indifferent and continues to drag its feet over banning SIMI.

The State Government now asserts that there was no need to act, as no fresh cases have been registered against SIMI, said a senior officer of the State Home department here today. Questions of raiding SIMI’s hideouts would arise only if any unlawful activities of the organisation were reported, he said, while admitting that SIMI’s name had figured in the Sabarmati Express blast that took place on August 14, 2000. SIMI’s name had also figured in Kanpur communal riots, he said, the organisation had also been blamed for the murder of an ADM of Kanpur.

Making a U-turn of sorts after the Mumbai blasts, senior officers of the State Government on Wednesday asserted that activities of SIMI were being monitored.

There have been twists and turns in the State Government’s stand on the issue of banning SIMI even as officials toe a line that may suit the political bosses. Take for example the State Government’s assertions that there was no evidence on record to prove any unlawful activities of SIMI in the State. True, the State police have not registered any case against SIMI after the outfit was banned by the Centre in 2001.

Yet, there have been indications that activists of the outfit may be working in a different name. The State Government remains mum on the issue. SIMI’s name, however, had figured in the Shramjeevi Express blasts that took place in 2005 after the terrorist attacks in Ayodhya. If the State Government’s own record were taken to be true, the SIMI had a support base in at least a dozen districts.

No action, however, has so far been taken against activists of the banned outfit.

This has become evident from notices that the State police have served to SIMI activists asking them to file objections (if any) before the tribunal constituted for the purpose on March 7, 2006. Barring Lucknow (where SIMI’s office remained locked) the police were able to serve notices on 57 SIMI activists in 11 districts in May 2006.

This includes some places where notices have been served by pasting it on the premises. Number of notices served was highest in Moradabad (16) while 12 notices to SIMI activists had been served in Faizabad. The State Government’s records also indicate that 65 criminal cases had been registered against SIMI till 2001. The State Government in 2001 had supported ban on SIMI on the grounds that the outfit was involved in these cases.