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SIMI front surfaces in UP

The dreaded Popular Front of India, which police suspect could be a front for the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, has arrived in UP. The police are in a tizzy over the recovery of some posters, put up by the Front in Barabanki district, in which some "inflammatory messages" were printed.

lucknow Updated: Aug 21, 2010 09:54 IST
HT Correspondent

The dreaded Popular Front of India, which police suspect could be a front for the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), has arrived in UP. The police are in a tizzy over the recovery of some posters, put up by the Front in Barabanki district, in which some "inflammatory messages" were printed.

Members of a particular community were warned about "the dangers" from some outfits belonging to other community. The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), that was alerted immediately after the recovery of these posters, has established contact with the Karnataka and Kerala police to trace the Front's UP link.

"We are on the job. Efforts are being made to find out who got these posters pasted in Barabanki district and why," said Brij Lal, the additional director general (ADG) of ATS.

Top police officials also said that the intelligence bureau too has been activated and has been asked to gather details about how much inroads have been made by the Front in UP.

The Front has been active in Kerala and Karnataka. In Kerala some members of the Front had cut off the hand of a professor, for allegedly making remarks against a particular community. Ahead of the Panchayat elections in September-October, followed by the civic polls next year and assembly elections in 2012, this development has the cops worried.

"It's not a good news. As of now we have no inputs on any activity in UP. What's confusing us is the fact that by putting up posters it's the Front members, which have deliberately attracted our attention. Why would they do it," a top police official said.