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SIMI activist reveals name of financers

SIMI activist Humayn Ahmad aka Humayun reveals names of ten more businessmen from South India, who have been funding the banned outfit from last several years. A report by Rohit K Singh.
Hindustan Times | By Rohit K Singh, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2008 08:06 PM IST

Nearly a dozen of millionaire and businessmen, including two from Uttar Pradesh, had been funding the banned Students Islamic Movements (SIMI) Organization and other terror outfits across the country.

Among them are two prominent businessmen from Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh and Ahmedabad who had done major fundings to SIMI activists to revive the organisation after ban was invoked over it around eight years back. The name of another Gujarat-based businessman Iliyaz had also surfaced for providing financial aid to the banned outfit.

Besides, Humayn Ahmad aka Humayun had revealed names of ten more businessmen from South India, who had been funding the outfit from last several years. The ATS (Anti-Terrorist squad), Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Rajeev Krishna said that Humayun had told names of several persons who were funding the organisation. "Our efforts are on to locate the persons, who are helping to revive the SIMI network in Uttar Pradesh," he added.

He said that the ATS would share the information revealed by Humayun with the police force of other states like Kerala, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Rajeev Krishna said that during the remand period, Humayun also revealed that these funds was used by him to pursue the cases of around 40 SIMI activists lodged in different jails of South India.

In this connection, Humayun visited Karnataka, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Indore, Bhopal, Chennai and Maharashtra. Humayun said even some of clerics and former SIMI activists had also helped him to revive the organisation and generate fund for the outfit. He also revealed names of law graduates, who have been voluntarily providing their services to pursue the cases of SIMI activists locked in jails.

Highly placed source in the ATS said that most of the businessmen involved in terror network get surplus money through 'Hawala' (illegal money transaction), coming from unidentified sources across the borders. Humayun made these startling revelations during his remand duration of 24 hours on last Sunday.

The ATS sleuths had taken the Humayun on remand to unveil the funding sources of SIMI. Earlier, the reports published in Hindustan Times on last Sunday, had revealed that ATS sleuths had intensified their search for the funding sources of SIMIand other terror outfits.

Sources also claimed that that Humayun confessed that he also took help from other organisations, who have an inclination towards Jihad and their outfit. The Islamic women wing 'Saheen Force' is one of them. It is to be noted that Humayun's wife Biba is also an active member of 'Saheen Force'.

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