Mumbai blasts: SIMI hand not ruled out
Till now the investigators may not have found SIMI's direct links in the serial blasts in Mumbai's local trains that took so may lives and left hundreds injured but the outfit's indirect hand in the events cannot be ruled out completely, say police sources.
What has stirred the hornet's nest in the police circles here is the stark reality that SIMI connections have come to light in nearly all the blasts that have taken place in UP till now.
As far as Allahabad city is concerned the local intelligence men know about 20 odd cadres only, a claim contested by a police officer who says there cannot be less than 100 such persons who were directly or indirectly working for this Islamic organisation banned way back in 2001. Soft attitude of the State Government towards this student wing is being attributed as the cause behind the rise in their numbers. Two of the above cadres are presently in Delhi. A watch is being kept on them, said an intelligence source.
Except for Waliullah who has been twice charged with sedition since he was first nabbed on April 18, 2001 there is no feed back available on the activities of the remaining cadres during all these years.
Lashkar-e-Taiba's area commander Azhar Mahmood had his connections in Deoband and most of the SIMI cadres are in one way or the other connected with Deoband, pointed out a police officer.
SIMI's local office at 14, Gulab Bari in Khuldabad locality in this town may be having a police seal and lock since 2001 but there is no guarantee that they had not been taking part in anti-national activities, said another police officer.
If intelligence can fail in Kargil why not here and at all those places where SIMI cadres have fanned out.
Citing the interrogation report of a SIMI cadre he said, they are trained in schools where Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages are taught. Such schools, according to him, are in Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, Barabanki, Azamgarh, Lalganj and some other places in the State. Young boys are kept in hostels of the schools and one of the handpicked boy is handed over leaflets for distribution among the inmates. He is also asked to keep a watch on the reaction of inmates after reading the inflammatory literature. Those who demand more such literature from the handpicked boy are segregated from the rest and looked after well.
Thus begins their training and moulding in a particular direction which includes subversive activities against the State, he said.Half a dozen cases against SIMI activists are registered at different police stations in the district. Charge-sheets in nearly all the cases have been filed by the police.
Crime No 104 dated 18.4 2000 was registered against Ubedullah and others at Phulpur police station. Crime No 120 was registered against one Asif Jamal on September 29, 2001. Four other cadres were also named in it. Crime No 384 was registered against Jaliluddin and four others on September 29, 2001 at Colonelganj police station. Crime No 189 and 120 were also registered at Khuldabad in 2000 and 2001 against some persons.