With the encounter of eight Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists on the outskirts of Bhopal on October 31, the second line of leadership of the outlawed organisation has been eliminated, say intelligence sources.
Bhopal police shot dead Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Sadiq, Sheikh Mehmood Guddu, Aqueel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid, Abdul Masjid and Sheikh Mujeeb on the outskirts of the city within hours of their daring escape from the high-security Bhopal jail.
“It will be very difficult for the banned organisation to recover from this setback and find new recruits after this incident. All the top SIMI activists are already in jail and only minor functionaries are out on bail or have been discharged after not found guilty,” sources said.
Two former SIMI general secretaries Safdar Nagori and Shibli Peedical, Safdar’s brother Kamruddin Nagori and organisation’s central advisory committee member Ameel Parvaz are already in jail after they were arrested by the Indore police from Shyam Nagar in March 2008.
In addition, Abu Faizal aka Dcotor, who took over from Nagori was convicted in 2015 for killing ATS constable Sitaram Yadav in Khandwa and for his role in robbing Mannapuram Gold’s office in 2010, will be in jail for a long time.
Besides, Aslam Ayub and Ejajuddin, who had escaped along with Abu Faizal, Guddu, Zakir and Amjad in October 2013, and were emerging as leaders were killed in an encounter in Nalgonda in Telangana in April 2015.
But sources also said Abdul Razzak a mechanical engineer by profession who was arrested in 2006 from Banda Compound, has been absconding since 2008.
“A resident of Nayapura, Razzak was very intelligent and we are not sure of his whereabouts. Another former SIMI leader Imran Ansari is now teaching students at his home in Nayapura, sources added.
OTHER SIMI ACTIVISTS
In Indore, according to police records there were 80 members of SIMI, but after the organisation was banned in 2001, most of its known members are inactive, sources said.
Sources said in Khandwa, a hotbed of SIMI acitivities, Khalil Chauhan, Imanur Rehman, Zalil Khilji (son of Aqueel Khilji who was killed in October-31 encounter) and Zia-ur-Rehman are out of jail, but they are all considered to be small fry in the organisation.
Abdul Razzak a mechanical engineer by profession who was arrested in 2006 from Banda Compound, has been absconding since 2008.