In a major drive against outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), 13 of its top leaders, including one wanted by Karanatka and Mumbai police in connection with terror activities, were arrested here and a large cache of weapons seized from them.
The crackdown by Madhya Pradesh Police, along with central security agencies, began in and around Indore last night and neighbouring Dhar district of the state during which top brass of the banned outfit was arrested.
Among the prominent Simi leaders arrested were Shibly Peedicaal Abdul, wanted in connection with Mumbai train serial blasts of July 2006, former Simi chief Safdar Nagori and his brother Kamruddin Nagori, chief of the outfit’s operations in Andhra Pradesh, and Hafiz of Karnataka. Police sources said intelligence agencies had been keeping a tab on their movement for quite sometime before they were arrested.
Shibly is considered a prize catch as he is alleged to be part of the conclave which had met in Ujjain ahead of the Mumbai serial blasts that left over 180 people dead and hundred others injured on July 11, 2006.
Police recovered weapons, money and some documents from them. Some of the activists were arrested from Pithampur in Dhar district, a few km away from an army range.
Describing the operation as a “big achievement” for the police, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Bhopal that “weapons and computers have been found...from arrested persons. Investigations are on into Simi’s plans to expand its network in the state”.