Four SIMI Members Arrested; Cache of Explosives Recovered
The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh, in an operation on Tuesday night, arrested four alleged members of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Ujjain and recovered a huge cache of explosives from them, 200 km west of Bhopal.
“Twelve improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 600 detonators and 900 gelatin rods have been recovered from the four SIMI members, Javed Nagori, Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Adil and Abdul Wahid, who were arrested from Topkhana locality in Ujjain”, Sanjeev Shami, Inspector General, ATS said.
According to police sources, one of the arrested, Javed, is the nephew of Safadar Nagori, the founder of the SIMI.
“The arms that have been recovered from them show that they had plans to carry out a major strike in the country. Their interrogation is in the initial stage and nothing more can be revealed right now,” a police source said.
Sources said that the information provided by the members of the SIMI, who were arrested by the ATS on December 24 from Barwani district in the state, had led the police to the four who were arrested on Tuesday.
Abu Faisal, reportedly the chief of the SIMI’s operation in the state, was one of the three who were arrested along with two other suspected SIMI operatives from Barwani.
Nagori is currently in Ahmedabad jail. Sleuths from the NIA are expected to take part in the interrogation of the arrested. “The sleeper cells of the SIMI have become very active in the state in the last 5 months, which is a cause of big concern. Looking at the number of arrests of SIMI members that have been made from Madhya Pradesh and the Khandwa jail break, we are also concerned about the state turning into a haven for these modules,” an NIA official said.