IB Warns States on SIMI Terror Activities in Hinterland
Substantial sums of money are flowing into terrorists’ coffers from Karachi and Riyadh to revive the Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) parent organisation, the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned the state’s law enforcement agencies.
The IB note, forwarded to states last week, mentioned SIMI cadres’ interrogation in which operatives admitted to receiving money through hawala and money transfer schemes to revive the banned outfit.
Although the SIMI was banned by the Union Home Ministry in 2001, the intelligence agency said the outfit was running its terror activities through at least 4 front organisations -Tahreek-e-Ehyaa-e-Ummat, Wahdat-e-Islami, Tehreek-Talaba-e-Arabia and Tahrik Tahaffuz-e-Shaaire Islam. Sources said evidence collected by the sleuths also revealed the names of two alleged welfare organisations in Riyadh, which they suspect was founded to raise terror funds.
“The arrested operatives told the interrogators that the money from the Al Bashir camp was received through Western Union money transfer and several sleeper cells in Jharkhand, UP, Bihar and Maharashtra were activated to recruit more hands to carry out terror activities. The operatives intensified the activities in October and November last year,” Sources said.
An official said they have asked security agencies to verify the links between arrested SIMI members from Chhattisgarh and Kerala. Since November 14, Chhattisgarh Police had busted several SIMI modules in the state. Later, during interrogation, a suspected SIMI operative had claimed they travelled to Kerala to receive training and Jihadi materials. Manzar Imam, a SIMI arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), had also confirmed of participating in SIMI training camps.