MP: I’m happy my son is alive, says arrested SIMI operative’s mother
The arrest of a family member usually brings gloom, but the mood in the house of SIMI activist Zakir, who was arrested from Odisha, is anything but sombre.
“I am happy that he (Zakir) was caught alive, as now I can meet and see him (in jail),” said Salma Bi, mother of Zakir Hussain. Zakir was caught along with three other operatives of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Rourkela district of Odisha on Wednesday.
Zakir and three others including Sheikh Mehboob alias Guddu and Amjad (who were among the six SIMI men who escaped from Khandwa Jail in October 2013) and Mohammed Saliq alias Sallu, another SIMI operative from Khandwa district, were arrested in a joint operation by different security agencies.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, a day after her son’s arrest, Salma Bi, who lives in a slum behind Sales Tax colony in Khandwa town said, “I am more relieved and happy as he was caught alive.”
“After Nalgonda (Telengana) encounter on April 9, 2015, I was a bit worry about my son’s fate. But now at least I can see and meet him in any jail,” Salma added.
Two SIMI operatives, Aijajuddeen and Aslam, were gunned down by Nalgonda police in the encounter. Claiming that her son is innocent, she said, “My son is not involved in any terror activity.”
Six SIMI operatives had escaped from Tantya Bheel Jail of Khandwa district on October 1, 2013, and Zakir and two others were eluding arrest ever since.
On being contacted, Khandwa superintendent of police (SP), MS Sikarwar said that one team was rushed to Rourkela with documents to identify them. “Soon we will bring all the SIMI members to Khandwa for interrogation.” In November 2015, National Investigation Agency (NIA) pasted posters of the four absconding SIMI operatives in various part of Khandwa district besides announcing cash reward of Rs10 lakh.
At that time, sources had said that the absconding SIMI operatives, who also have connections with Indian Mujahiddin, were seen in Maharashtra.
At least eight migrant labourers were crushed to death, while six others were grievously injured, when an iron rod-loaded truck in which they were travelling met with a major accident on NH-57 on Monday morning. Confirming the deaths, sub-divisional police officer SK Saroj said the labourers, all residents of Rajasthan, were heading to Jammu from Siliguri in West Bengal when the driver lost control and toppled on the roadside.
The Delhi fire control room received at least 20 calls until 9 am on Monday related to the uprooting of trees and wall collapses because of the heavy rain and gusty winds. The calls were received from places such as Delhi Cantonment, Civil Lines, Main Rohtak Road, and Dhaula Khan. The rains and the gusty winds up to 70 km per hour also led to traffic jams in many parts of the city.
The traffic police advised people to avoid stretches such as Narsinghpur area, Jharsa Crossing, Sector 29, Sector 38, Sector 50, Rajeev Chowk, Sheetla Mata Road, Civil Lines, Golf Course Extension Road, Vatika Chowk, Sector 52 and Daulatabad Flyover. “We have deployed teams, and are pumping out water through motors to ensure smooth flow of traffic, but congestions are being reported from many areas,” Ravinder Kumar Tomar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) said, warning commuters to plan their journeys accordingly.
New Delhi: The heavy rain and gusty winds uprooted trees and led to water logging in Delhi on Monday and triggered power cuts across the city. The India Meteorological Department said thunderstorms were expected to continue in the city accompanied by gusty winds with a speed of 60-90 kilometre per hour. Officials urged residents, especially children, to stay away from electricity poles, sub-stations, transformers, and streetlights.
Delhi was much in need of a relief amid intense heatwave over the last few weeks and heavy rain and thunderstorms did just that. The mercury dropped by around 11 degrees Celsius in nearly 1.5 hours on Monday morning. “Today, between 5:40 am and 7 am, temperature fell by 11 degree Celsius, from 29 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius,” the India Meteorological Department said as per news agency ANI. Power blackouts were also reported.