Incidents and Statments involving SIMI:
Nature of incident
Intelligence agencies are weighing
inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed
SIMI are forging links with similarly minded groups within the
recently banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical
outfit. Such inputs, described by sources as "very disturbing",
have been pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central
Government banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher
Zakir Naik. The IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence
agencies regarding these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed
that over the past couple of months, person-to-person contact
and group interactions between members of the banned groups
have been taking place lately. ''Similar inputs have been coming
from certain areas that are known to be breeding grounds for
militants in different states. Some political parties, which
used to sympathise with SIMI, are now sympathising with IRF
too,'' said one senior official.
While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist
preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016,
SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters.
Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI
as a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members
attending the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing
new, intelligence sources say there is electronic evidence of
increasing interaction between members of these two groups,
especially since the IRF ban.
Interestingly, just days after
IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation
PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country
in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually
from SIMI. "Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different
outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official.
Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions
could lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar
to IM which was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the
country since it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010.
IM mostly comprised of lower-tier SIMI members. The change in
name was widely seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members.
Till date, while senior SIMI leaders are still available, there
are minimal inputs about the cadres. "The same tactic is being
used again. Only this time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has
dedicated members across the length and breadth of the country,
which will come in handy and this is enough for extremist elements
in both groups to form a new group and continue with their subversive
activities,'' another official said.
A special MCOCA court issued a production warrant
against IM 'co-founder' Yasin Bhatkal and six others in connection
with the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blasts case. "The court issued
a production warrant against Yasin Bhatkal, who is presently lodged
in Cherlapally central prison in Hyderabad," an ATS official said.
The official added that the court also issued warrants against
three other accused lodged in the same jail. "Apart from them,
production warrants were also issued for an accused lodged in
Tihar jail in New Delhi and two others in Parappana Agrahara central
jail in Bangalore," the official added. Special MCOCA judge V
V Patil directed that all the seven accused be brought before
him on January 27.
ATS from Mumbai detained a suspected SIMI operative
from Khajrana area of Indore (Madhya Pradesh). The suspect identified
as Jadil Parvez was held from Khijrabad Colony in the area where
he had been living since the past 2-3 months, ATS sources claimed.
Jadil, who hails from Unhel town of Ujjain District, had allegedly
been living with his sister Heena.
||Indore / Madhya Pradesh
SIMI 'chief' Safdar Nagori and other 10 members
of his terrorist outfit were sentenced to life imprisonment in
a 2008 case of sedition by a special CBI court in Indore in Madhya
Pradesh. Special CBI judge B K Paloda convicted all 11 for sedition,
collecting arms, ammunition and explosives with the intention
to wage war against the nation and for being active members of
a banned terrorist outfit. Nagori was the 'general secretary'
of SIMI when it was banned. Besides 45-year-old Nagori, the others
convicted are Hafiz Hussain (35), Aamil Parvaz (40), Shivli (38),
Qamruddin (42), Shahduli (32), Qamran (40), Ansar (35), Ahmed
Baig (32), Yasin (35) and Munroz (40).
"The judgment was delivered to 10 of the 11 accused
through video-conferencing as they are lodged in Sabarmati jail
in Ahmedabad where they are being tried for the Ahmedabad blasts
(Gujarat, 2008)," public prosecutor Vimal Mishra said. Only one
of the accused, dental student from Karnataka Munroz, was in the
Indore court and his father wept upon hearing the verdict.
Armed with confessional statements of some of
the witnesses, the NIA issued a second notice to Zakir Naik asking
him to appear before it on March 30, 2017 in a case filed against
him under an anti-terror law. An NIA spokesman said that nearly
60 persons had been examined by the probe agency so far which
included some of family members of Naik, some of his business
associates, some employees and staff of the IRF as well as Harmony
Media Private Limited, founded by Naik.
"Some of the witnesses have given statements before
the Magistrate, wherein they have stated as to how Dr Zakir Naik
had promoted enmity and hatred among the people of different religious
beliefs, through his public utterances, and how he had hurt the
religious sentiments of followers of other sects or religions,"
the spokesman said.
The notice has been sent to the Mumbai residence
of Naik, who is believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade
arrest after his activities came under scanner following accusations
that he had inspired some of the terrorists who attacked a cafe
in Dhaka last year.
ED attached his assets worth INR 18.37 crore in
the form of mutual funds, properties and bank balance. ED and
NIA sources claimed that if he ignores the summons, he stands
the chance of being declared a proclaimed offender and a red corner
notice would be issued against him through Interpol. Sources added
that they are also in the process of finalising a chargesheet
against him so that his extradition from Saudi Arabia could be
initiated. ED said in a statement that Zakir Naik had been issued
four summons by it but he has avoided all four of them.
IM wanted to carry out a big terror strike in
Surat (Gujarat) in 2008 to avenge the killings of Muslims in 2002
Gujarat riots and the demolition of Babri Masjid, Police said.
Sources in the Gujarat Crime Branch said IM 'India cheif' Yasin
Bhatkal had travelled to Surat with a plan to plant 29 bombs on
July 26, 2008, the day 20 blasts rocked Ahmedabad. During the
second round of questioning on April 2, Bhatkal told that IM was
planning to carry out bigger attacks in Gujarat after the July
2008 serial blasts. "Bhatkal had thought after carrying out serial
blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore and Delhi, they would get away with
Ahmedabad blasts too. But within a week of the attack, Gujarat
police caught some of the key IM operatives," an official said.
Bhatkal, however, fled to Koppa in Karnataka with
Abdul Subhan alias Taukeer, another IM operative. Police said
they have records of chats between Bhatkal and Ashadullah Akhtar
alias Haddi, the prime accused in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar blasts
case of Hyderabad, which point to their deadly plans in Gujarat.
Bhatkal, Haddi and three others have been sentenced to death by
a special NIA court in the case.
As Zakir Naik, being probed under terrorism charges,
defied the NIA summons once again, the agency has once again issued
fresh summons asking him to appear before it on April 17. This
is the third time in last one month NIA has issued notice to Naik
but there is no sign of him willing to come to India and join
the probe. Earlier, he was asked to join the probe on March 14
and then March 30.
Naik is on the run and is being probed by NIA
for allegedly spreading communal hatred and inciting others through
his speeches to commit terror acts. His now banned NGO IRF even
allegedly funded few terror suspects. The agency has already questioned
around 20 associates and employees of Naik in last few months
about his business ventures, properties and funding from abroad.
He had recently signalled his willingness to appear via video-conferencing,
an option the NIA rejected.
Officials said that legal process calls for declaring
him a proclaimed offender and then approach Interpol to issue
a red corner notice against him and arrest him there. NIA has
also identified 37 properties owned by him directly or indirectly.
Sources said that many properties have suspicious ownership. An
officer said there is enough evidence to make a strong case of
illegal and unexplained flow of money to Naik's business ventures,
particularly Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, in which he and his wife were
directors till a few years back.
A trial court in the Dakshina Kannada District
of Karnataka convicted three persons for supporting the early
operations of IM, and acquitted four who were on the periphery
of the group's support system in the state. Among the acquitted
is Maulana Shabbir Gangolli alias Shabbir Bhatkal alias
Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangolli.
Three operatives of IM, who were convicted on
charges of terrorism and manufacturing explosive devices on April
10, were, sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in the
coastal Karnataka region of Mangaluru. The third additional district
and sessions judge at the trial court, S H Pushpanjali Devi, sentenced
Sayyed Mohammed Naushad (33), Ahmed Bava (41), and Fakeer Ahmad
Bava (44), all residents of the Dakshina Kannada on charges of
terrorism, preparation of bombs and criminal conspiracy.
In what is deemed as the first step to bring back
Zakir Naik from Saudi Arabia to India, the ED obtained a NBW against
him from a PMLA court in Mumbai. Counsel for ED Hiten Venegaokar
said, "Naik has failed to respond to the agency. He has till date
not revealed his location and also not given his permanent address."
The court has hence allowed the plea of the agency observing that
there exists an extradition treaty between the UAE and India and
he can be brought back. "Naik failed to appear before the IO and
has given evasive replies. For thorough investigation in such
offences, the presence of the accused is necessary," said special
PMLA Judge PR Bhavake.
ED filed a charge sheet against Aamir Gazdar,
a close aide of Zakir Naik, in a money laundering case before
a court in Mumbai (Maharashtra). The agency had arrested Gazdar
on February 16. The 250-page charge sheet contains statements
of five persons including Gazdar himself, Zakir Naik's sister
and an accountant of Naiks NGO, IRF, an ED official said.
IM India operations 'cheif' Yasin Bhatkal, had
recruited 25 youths while on the run since 2010. Some of these
youths had visited Bhatkal when he was hiding in Nepal, sources
in the city crime branch said. Bhatkal had sneaked into Nepal
through the Raxual border in Bihar and was staying in Nepal under
the assumed name of Dr Yousuf. An officer claimed that during
interrogation, Bhatkal had 'confessed' that he, along with Asadullah
alias Haddi, had raised a network of 25 youths. "The youths had
become regular visitors to Bhatkal's house in Nepal," the Police
officer said. Police claimed Bhatkal used to change his mobile
handset and sim cards often to avoid being detected. He had chatted
with some of the IM fugitives such as Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal
who are reportedly based in Pakistan.
Senior Police officers said they are still trying
to unravel the IM module set up by Bhatkal. "We have a few inputs
and are working with security agencies to track and nab some foot
soldiers and sleeper cells of IM who were in touch with Bhatkal
when he was absconding," a Police officer said. In 2013, Bhatkal
was sentenced to death in the Dilsukhnagar blasts case of Hyderabad.
Surat District / Gujarat
Yasin Bhatkal, India 'operations chief' of IM,
who is accused of carrying out a series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad
and for planting several bombs in Surat in 2008, registered his
statement before a magistrate in closed door proceedings held
in Surat District of Gujarat and sessions court. "Bhatkal wanted
to give statement before the court hence we took him there. Further
procedures were carried out in the courtroom and the police were
not involved in them," city Police Commissioner Satish Sharma
said. Sources said Bhatkal's statement was registered under section
164 of Criminal Procedure Code which allows an accused to register
his statement or confession in the presence of a magistrate.
Kozhikode District/ Kerala
Suspected IM operative who was in run nine years
Suhaib Potanical was arrested by Ahmedabad Crime Branch from Kerala.
Crime Branch sources said Potanical is being brought to Ahmedabad
as he is an absconder in July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast case.
Crime branch officials said Potanical as he was nick named because
of expertise in handling chemical explosives was a key aide of
IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal.
IM's 'India operations chief' Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa
alias Yasin Bhatkal revealed to counter-terror investigators
how he was trained in Karachi by Pakistan's ISI operatives in
handling military-grade explosives like TNT, C3, C4 as well as
ammonium nitrate and potassium nitrate. The training subsequently
helped him in acquiring expertise in IED bomb-making. Bhatkal,
who was recently questioned in Ahmedabad after his arrest for
alleged role in the July 2008 Ahmedabad blasts that killed 50
people, was arrested in August 2013. He was sentenced to death
last December by a Hyderabad special court for his role in the
February 2013 blasts there.
Ahmedabad / Gujarat
Suhaib Potanical, 49, a suspected IM operative,
was arrested by Surat Police in Ahmedabad. He was lodged in jail
after his arrested in May by Ahmedabad Police. Surat Police produced
him in court and he was remanded to Police custody till June 15.
Potanical is close associate of arrested 'IM India operations
chief' Yasin Bhatkal, accused in both Ahmedabad bomb blasts and
Surat bomb planting case. "We have been granted custody of Potanical
till June 15 and he will not be brought to Surat. Police will
question him in Ahmedabad and after questioning he will be produced
in court and sent to jail," said Police. Considering the risk
involved in transportation of the terror suspects Police have
decided not to bring the accused to city for few days of questioning,
One of the two Islamic State (IS) recruiters behind
the online identity Yusuf-al-Hindi, could possibly have been Mohammad
Sajid alias Bada Sajid, who hailed from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh
and is believed by Indian agencies to have been killed in 2015
while fighting in Syria. This is what IS sympathiser Amzad Khan,
who was deported to India from Saudi Arabia in April, has indicated
to interrogators, while identifying a photograph of Yusuf-al-Hindi,
sources said. Sajid was a member of IM before fleeing to Pakistan
after a security crackdown in 2008, from where he and Karnataka-born
Shafi Armar migrated to Afghanistan and Syria. Armar was recently
designated as a 'global terrorist' by the US.
A video of the narco-analysis interrogation of
former SIMI chief Safdar Nagori shows the former SIMI chief admitting
on tape that the Samjhauta Express blast were carried out by those
trained in Pakistan. He names SIMI operative Adbul Razzak as the
person responsible for the explosions that killed 68 people on
February 18, 2007. The video shows the interrogator asking him,
"Who ordered the Samjhauta blasts?" Nagori answers, "Abdul Razzak
did this. He is from Indore. He told me, 'You cannot do anything,
you are a politician now.' He would say, 'You have retired from
SIMI. They give you money and you keep eating and drinking.' He
once told me, 'You have become a politician, you cannot do jihad,
you need a quality life. I will do something or the other now.'"
When asked about Razzak's contacts in Pakistan,
Nagori says, "He has relatives in Pakistan." Nagori adds, "Abdul
Razzaq used to say he could do this on his own. He was in SIMI,
he was with Misbah ul Islam Calcuttawala. Abdul Razzaq, he said
he could do it on his own. He was SIMI incharge of Indore." In
the video, Nagori admits he wanted to procure an imported Mauser
gun. For this, Nagori says, he contacted Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
operative Nasir and told him he needed it "to punish those culprits
for a project". He adds, "When Nasir told us Mauser and AK47 can
be procured, we decided that when we need to target someone and
take no risk, we can use the 47. But we wanted to target individuals,
and not the masses."
A Delhi court ordered framing of charges against
IM India'operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal and nine others in the
September 9, 2010 Jama Masjid blast case on the ground that prime
facie there was enough evidence against them. Additional Sessions
Judge Sidharth Sharma, however, discharged three alleged members
-- Ismail Affaque, Abdus Saboor and Riyaz Ahmad Sayeedi -- of
the outfit, saying there was not enough evidence against them.
The three, who were today discharged, were later named in a supplementary
charge sheet which accused them of having conspired with other
IM members to carry out the terror strike in the national capital.
Three SIMI members were sentenced to life imprisonment
by a Bhopal special court for attempted murder of a BJYM activist
in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa town in 2009. While BJYM president
Pramod Tiwari had escaped unhurt, a BJYM activist, Dubey was critically
injured in the attack that took place on the night of January
2, 2009. There were seven accused in the murder case, but four
of them were killed in an alleged encounter near Bhopal in 2016.
Besides Abu Faisal - who was the key conspirator in the attack
and is facing trial in other terror-related cases - Abdullah Hussain
and Raquib were sentenced to life imprisonment for attempt to
murder Dubey. The trio were also sentenced to 10 years in jail
for the attempt on Tiwari's life by Special Judge Girish Dixeet.
Both the sentences will run concurrently.
A Delhi court put IM operative Yasin Bhatkal and
eight others on trial in two cases relating to the 2010 Jama Masjid
blast. Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma said there was
enough evidence against them and framed the charges. The court
issued production warrant against accused Azaz Saikh, who could
not be produced from a Mumbai jail where he is lodged. Besides
Bhatkal, those who were put on trial include Gauhar Aziz Khomani,
Gayur Ahmad Jamali, Mohd Adil, Mohd Irshad Khan, Mohd Aftab Alam,
Kamal, Assadullah Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rehman. Another accused Modh
Qateel Siddiqui died during the pendency of the case, advocate
M S Khan, who appeared for the accused, said. The Police had earlier
filed charge sheet against eleven suspected IM members in connection
with the blast case, alleging that they had carried out the strike
to deter foreign nations from participating in the 2010 Delhi
NIA has shared details with UMHA of four terror
probes where cadres of PFI and its political arm SDPI were chargesheeted
or convicted under the UAPA. The four cases related to chopping
of a professor's palm in Kerala's Idukki District; holding of
a training camp in Kannur from where NIA allegedly seized swords,
country-made bombs and ingredients for making IEDs; murder of
RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the Islamic State- IS Al-Hindi
module case in which attacks were plotted in south India.
Based on its probe findings, NIA has claimed that
PFI pursues a strategy aimed at communalising Indian polity, enforcing
Taliban brand of Islam, heightening existing social divisions
and maintaining a trained bank of volunteers for physical actions.
"PFI had consistently been indulging in actions detrimental to
overall national security," NIA said while blaming the outfit
for seeking to impose religious orthodoxy on Muslims and using
sister outfits like Sathya Sarani based in Malappuram to carry
out "forceful conversions", with the most recent cases being that
of Akhila Asokan and Athira Nambiar in which PFI women's wing
chief Sainaba A S name figures.
The dossier pointed out that many of PFI's founding
leaders were associated with SIMI before it was banned. This includes
former PFI chairman E M Abdurahiman, who was all-India general
secretary of SIMI in 1980-81 and 1982-93, PFI national vice-chairman
P Koya who was with SIMI in 1978-79 and SDPI president E Aboobacker
who was Kerala state president of SIMI in 1982-84, among others.
Terror suspect Taufique Alam, who was wanted in
connection with the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad District
of Gujarat, was arrested by the ATS of Bihar Police from the Civil
Lines Police Station area in Gaya District. Patna zone IG of Police,
Nayyar Hasnain Khan said one of his associates, who had given
shelter to Taufique at his residence in Civil Lines area, was
also arrested. IG, Khan said Gujarat ATS has also been informed
about Taufique's arrest. The Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts on July
27, 2008, had left 29 persons dead and 88 others injured.
Tauseef Pathan, a suspected IM operative and key
conspirator of the Ahmedabad serial blasts, who was arrested from
Gaya District by the Bihar ATS with Gulam Sarvar on September
14, had plans to devastate Bihar, stated the Police. While Gaya
Police is in the process of lodging a complaint under sections
of the UAPA it has come to light that Pathan and Sarvar of Gaya
were conspiring launch targeted killings and also to trigger a
blast at a temple in Gaya. "We have found some documents which
reveal their plan to regroup as IM cadre," said a senior Gujarat
ATS official. Some Gujarat ATS and crime branch officials are
in Gaya to take custody of Pathan. They are expected to return
once the FIR under sections of the UAPA is filed against the duo.
Gujarat Police officials said that Sarvar had been on their radar
since July 2010 when they arrested Hasib Raza of Azamgarh just
days before the Jagannath Rath Yatra.
Bhopal / Madhya Pradesh
The 'chief' of the SIMI, Abu Faisal and Sarafat
Ali, have been sentenced to three years imprisonment each by the
CJM Court in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, in connection with the
Khandwa jail break. A fine has also been imposed on both of them.
The jailed duos have been named in the controversial Khandwa jail
break of 2013. The SIMI is said to be involved in similar incident
in 2016 where eight SIMI terrorists were killed in an encounter
after escaping from the Bhopal Central Jail.
The ED said it has attached assets worth INR 5,00,000
in Karnataka in connection with a money laundering probe in a
terror financing case involving IM. The central probe agency said
the attachment, issued under the provisions of the PMLA, includes
a residential property in Mangalore "belonging to the persons
involved in terror financing" who were also "linked" to a Pakistani.
The ED said that a person named Dheeraj Sao got
cash deposits in his bank accounts from various parts of the country
for a commission. "After keeping his commission, he (Sao) used
to transfer the remaining amounts to bank accounts of persons
associated with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen such as Zubair
Hussain, Aysha Banu, Raju Khan and others," it alleged.
The agency said it tracked the crime money and
found that Banu and Hussain had acquired a residential property
at Panjimogeru in Karnataka's Mangalore. "All the accused were
linked to Pakistani national Khalid and as per his directions
had opened accounts in various banks to receive money and transfer
the same to members of terrorist outfit IM after deducting their
commission...In all these accounts, mostly cash money had been
deposited by unknown persons from various locations in India other
than the home branch and the cash deposits were withdrawn immediately
through ATMs and used for terror activities," the ED said.
Taloja jail / Raigad District/ Maharashtra
An IM undertrial, Naki Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh
(28), who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai triple blasts
on July 13, 2011, was injured in Taloja jail in Raigad District
of Maharashtra after another inmate assaulted him with a tin sheet.
The brawl between Sheikh and Amir Khan, another undertrial arrested
in a murder case occurred in their barrack. "We have registered
the case under Section 324 of the IPC for causing hurt by dangerous
weapon, and will arrest Mr. Khan," SI Seema Mundhe said.
The Juvenile Justice Board that held an 18-year-old
boy guilty of planting explosives at the Bodh Gaya temple complex
in Bihar in 2013 has said the attack was to avenge the atrocities
against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The juvenile placed a bomb
under the 80-ft statue of Gautama Buddha at the revered temple
complex as "Buddhists from all over the world used to come there
and a message will be sent to all," an order of the juvenile court
that convicted the boy of terrorist activities said. The board
sentenced him to three years in a remand home on October 11.
Myanmar, a Buddhist country, has seen the exodus
of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine province over
the past several decades. Before this year's exodus, the mass
migration intensified in 2012-13 when hundreds of Rohingya fled
to neighbouring countries, including India. On July 7, 2013, the
juvenile and other accused planted 13 bombs at the Maha Bodhi
temple complex. Two monks were injured and three unexploded bombs
were recovered. One of the accused, Haidar Ali, told the NIA that
on the day of the blast, he along with the juvenile and others
came from Ranchi and had 13 bombs with them. "Two accused - Mujibullah
and Imtiyaz - got down at the monastery. The juvenile and another
accused, Tarique Ansari, were directed to put the bomb under the
80-ft statue of Lord Buddha. Haidar Ali proceeded towards the
Mahabodhi complex, changed to a monk's attire and first planted
a bomb at Animesh Lochan temple, the second at Mahabodhi tree,
the third under an ambulance and the fourth at a small temple.
The bombs were timed to explode between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.," the
Board's order said. The accused, residents of Ranchi (Jharkhand)
and Raipur (Chhattisgarh), came together to avenge the killings
of Muslims in the 2002 Gujarat riots and were also affected by
the civil war in Yemen.
Haidar Ali, who was associated with the banned
SIMI), "drew a map of the temple and decided to plant the explosives
early in the morning as Buddhists and local people would be present
in large numbers to offer prayers," the order said. Ali was closely
linked to the IM. "The Board's order was the first judgment in
the Bodh Gaya and Patna blast cases. The case against the other
accused is pending trial," an NIA official said.
The Azamgarh Police on November 27 opened history
sheets of four alleged IM operatives under instructions of the
Uttar Pradesh ATS. A senior ATS official said it was recently
decided that history sheets of all terror suspects hailing from
the State would be opened to record the cases lodged against them
in Police stations of their native districts for surveillance
purposes. The four fugitives - Abu Rashid alias Sheikh
alias Danda, Dr Shahnawaz Alam, Mohammad Sajid alias
Bada Sajid and Mohammad Rashid Sultan - belong to Sanjarpur village
in Azamgarh District. Their history sheets were opened at Saraimeer
Police station, confirmed IG, ATS, Asim Kumar Arun.
The ATS has prepared a list of 25 such suspects
which include those who are absconding, in prison as well those
acquitted in cases by a court. Shahnawaz and Sajid carry a bounty
of INR10 lakh each on their heads, announced by the NIA. Station
Officer of Saraimeer police station, Ram Naresh Yadav, said, "Abu
Rashid's historysheet has been opened with number 70A, Shahnawaj's
as 46A, Sajid's as 37A and Mohammad Rashid's as 26A. "These four
historysheets were opened today on the basis of details provided
by UP ATS." An ATS official said they are yet to acquire "concrete
information" about the whereabouts of the four alleged IM men
since after terror cases were lodged against them in different
states. The official, however, claimed that the agency suspects
the four are fighting for IS in Syria.
IM suspect Tauseef Pathan, an accused in July
2008 serial blast was planning to flee to Bangladesh, say investigators.
Crime Branch officials claim that Pathan has a contact in Bangladesh
and through his help he was to obtain shelter in that country.
"We suspect that from Bangladesh, Pathan could have fled to Pakistan
on a fake passport. We have the cell number of Pathan's contact
in Bangladesh and will soon contact our counterparts there to
track the helper," said a senior Crime Branch official. Crime
branch investigators said Pathan's plan of fleeing to Bangladesh
supports their suspicion that he was involved in a jailbreak conspiracy
at Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad. "In February 2013, 24
alleged IM suspects accused in the serial blasts case had conspired
to escape from Sabarmati jail. They had dug a 213-foot tunnel
from the barrack to the end of the outer wall of the high security
jail. However the attempt was foiled by jail authorities at the
last moment," a senior Crime Branch official.
The Uttar Pradesh Police is clamping down on self-radicalised
youth influenced by ideologies of groups such as IS, HUJI-B and
SIMI in several districts. "We are keeping a close tab on self-radicalised
youth and their activities. We have arrested about 18-20 people
in recent months and some are under close watch. All these youth
and their groups are influenced by the ideologies of terror outfits
like IS, LeT, SIMI and HuJI of Bangladesh. Of late, Kerala-based
PFI was on our radar and their monitoring has increased with their
involvement in 'anti-national propaganda' on December 6. We're
trying to assess the growth of such radicalised groups and their
influence on youth and others in the state," said Anand Kumar,
UP's ADG of Police (law and order). He added, "There are specific
alerts and in recent times, nearly 14-15 terror modules have been
busted." Some officials also gave vital leads to why UP Police
are on their toes against terror groups operating from the state.
"Starting from Azamgarh as the nerve centre for such terror ideologies
threatening to influence minority-community youth to various pockets
of western UP - Shamli, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh and
Moradabad - UP Police have zeroed-in on Bijnore for strong SIMI
links with locals," a source in UP PHQ told this correspondent.