Incidents and Statments involving SIMI:
December 31: An investigation by the NIA has revealed
that Pakistan is relying on narcotics smugglers to push FICNs into
India. In the charge sheet filed against three alleged narcotics
smugglers, Dilbagh Singh, Bikramjit Singh and Gurpratap Singh, the
NIA has stated that Pakistani intelligence agency ISI is using smugglers
Investigators have found evidence that links IM
'India chief' Yasin Bhatkal with the Delhi High Court unsuccessful
bomb blast attack of May 25, 2011. The case is being investigated
by the NIA.
December 20: Four IM militants, already in Delhi
Police custody arrested by Maharashtra ATS in connection with Pune
serial blasts (August 1, 2012) and remanded in Police custody till
December 19: With regard to the
cases of serial blasts in the courts of Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi
(all in Uttar Pradesh) of November 23, 2007, the ATS is saying the
blasts were jointly carried out by HuJI and IM.
December 16: The Interrogation Report
of IM militant Fasih Mehmood, revealed a detailed account of IM's
foundation, his first interaction with IM masterminds Yasin Bhatkal,
Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal.
December 15: The judicial custody
of five India IM militants accused in Pune (Maharashtra) blast case
of August 1, 2012 and that of Fasih Mehmood was extended by a Delhi
court till December 17, 2012.
December 11: The Kurla Police Station
in Mumbai (Maharashtra) that is probing a threat letter allegedly
sent by IM to a shop owner, Paras Gupta, owner of Deepak Farsan,
found the threat letter's origin in Bangalore.
The Union Minister of State for
Home Affairs, R.P.N. Singh said LeT, IM, BKI and KTF are interested
in carrying out terrorist attacks in India but there are no inputs
about the Taliban.
December 10: A special MCOCA court
rejected the bail application of SIMI cadre, Ehtesham Siddiqui facing
trial among others in the July 11, 2006 train bomb blasts in Mumbai
December 4: NIA has announced a
reward of INR 4, 00,000 on information leading to the arrest of
absconding IM terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Touqeer.
December 1: The Delhi Police has
charge-sheeted a suspected IM operative, Kamal Hassan alias Bilal
for his alleged role in the Jama Masjid (Delhi) blast-cum-shootout
case of September 19, 2010. He is also an accused in Bangalore's
(Karnataka) Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case of April 17, 2010.
November 27: Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs R. P. N Singh said various terrorist groups, including
LeT, IM and JeM are engaged in terrorist activities in the country,
often supported by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly
in Pakistan. Singh said other terrorist outfits which are active
in India include HuM, Al-Umma, Al Badr, HuJI, HM, BKI, KZF and KTF.
November 22: Mumbai (Maharashtra)
CB has arrested a software engineer, identified as Tajool Kazi,
from Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged role in BEST bus
at Ghatkopar attack (Mumbai, Maharashtra) on December 6, 2002, which
killed four people. Kazi is an active cadre of SIMI.
November 8: LeT operative Syed Zabiuddin
Ansari aka Abu Jundal sent money to India from Saudi Arabia at least
twice after the Mumbai attack.
The Maharashtra ATS filed a supplementary
charge sheet against Jundal in the May 9, 2009 Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
arms haul case before MCOCA Court.
Jundal also told Gujarat Police
that LeT used Gujarat riots (2002) as an emotional trigger to introduce
Gujarat youths to terrorism. A strong terror network has been built
in the state.
November 6: IM operative Fasih Mahmood
has reportedly admitted to the Police that he co-founded IM along
with fugitive terrorists Riyaz, Iqbal and Yasin Bhatkal, with the
help of some ansars and ikhwans of the SIMI after it was banned
by the Central Government in 2001.
UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde showed
concern over the efficacy of red corner notices on terrorist vis-à-vis
Pakistan providing shelter to the perpetrators of March 12, 1993
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts and November 26, 2008 (26/11)
Mumbai terror attacks, like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed.
November 5: Investigations into
the plan to attack Delhi during Deepawali by four IM terrorists,
arrested on October 11, 2012, by Delhi Police, have revealed that
its 'moderator', identified as Raju Bhai, may be in Delhi-National
Police learnt that "several cadres
of LeT and IM are hiding in Mumbai (Maharasthra), Karnataka and
Andhra Pradesh. LeT and IM are coordinating with associates of Fayaz
Kagzi in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
November 4: The Indian authorities
have approached the Saudi Government with a fresh request for four
more IM cadres, suspected to be hiding there.
In a list submitted to the UAE,
the Government has urged to deport Ubed Kola, an accused in Mumbai''s
13/7 triple bomb blast case. Kola is suspected to have played a
vital role in transferring hawala money from Dubai to India.
Special Cell of Delhi Police has
also learnt that Saudi Arabia-based IM 'commander' Fayyaz Kagzi
had been staying there using the name of ''Abdul Rehman''.
November 3: The Maharashtra ATS
filed a supplementary charge sheet in the special court against
suspected LeT operative Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in the
2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
November 2: The questioning of suspected
IM operative Fasih Mahmood has revealed details of the logistical
support he provided for the terror strike at the Chinnaswamy Stadium
(April 17, 2010) at Bangalore (Karnataka).
November 1: The custody of IM operative
Fasih Mehmood, deported from Saudi Arabia and arrested by the Delhi
Police Special Cell on October 22, 2012 was handed over to the Bangalore
(Karnataka) City Police.
October 31: A Delhi trial court
sent a suspected IM terrorist,Sayed Firoz alias Hamza, allegedly
involved in the, August 1, 2012, Pune serial blasts to 14 days of
A classified report recently circulated
in top government circles revealed that India's most wanted terrorist
and IM head, Yasin Bhatkal, is hiding in Bangladesh, having established
a good network in Dhaka and Chittagong with the help of Pakistan's
October 29: Tight security measures
have been put in place at the Mahabodhi temple in Gaya District
of Bihar, to ward off any possible terrorist attack by the IM.
October 26: Maqbool has revealed
that the Pune serial blast carried out by IM is linked to the recent
arrest of 16 terrorists in Karnataka who plotted to kill some politicians,
Hindu leaders and journalists.
Mumbai ATS chief Rakesh Maria said
that Maqbool has no connection with the Pune serial blasts of August
October 25: Fasih Mahmood, the IM
'treasurer' recently deported from Saudi Arabia, revealed the identities
of two more ideologues associated with IM.
The ATS of Mumbai Police moved a
court seeking the custody of four suspected IM terrorists, Asad
Khan, Imran Khan, Feroze Hamza and Irfan Mustafa Langda, allegedly
involved in the Pune serial blasts of August 1, 2012.
October 24: According Zabihuddin
Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Abu Ismail had worked as a compounder at
a Civil Hospital in Karachi, in Pakistan, before joining the terror
Fasih Mahmood disclosed that Pakistan's
ISI has stationed officials in Saudi Arabia with whom he had been
working in close co-ordination. The primary task of ISI operatives
in Saudi Arabia is to ensure greater cooperation between IM and
LeT and promote anti-India terror activities from Saudi soil.
October 23: Delhi Police arrested
another suspected IM terrorist, identified as Sayed Maqbool alias
Zuber, from Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged involvement
in the August 1, 2012 Pune serial blasts. The total number of arrests
in the Pune blasts has gone up to five.
October 22: Syed Zabiuddin Ansari
alias Abu Jundal is being probed by Gujarat ATS that whether did
he set up sleeper cells for terrorists in Gujarat. ATS officials
produced Jundal before a local court which granted him remand till
Top IM leader Fasih Mohammad, a
key fund-raiser for the outfit, was arrested by the Delhi Police
from Delhi's IGI Airport soon after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.
October 21: Delhi Police prepared
a list of 460 important places that may be attacked by IM terrorists
during Diwali. LeT have threatened to blow up important places around
Abu Jundal was brought to Ahmadabad
by a team of State ATS.
Jundal revealed how Pakistan’s ISI
officer Major Sameer Ali had a long conversation with Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi, chief operational commander of LeT, a few hours before the
October 19: Abu Jundal has said
that he had seen US national David Headley while undergoing training
in Muridke city of Lahore District in Punjab Province of Pakistan.
A youth from Aurangabad District
of Maharashtra, who deposed before the Court said that he used to
live in Beed District earlier and had seen Baig working with terror
suspect Abu Jundal in 2006.
According to Special officials from
Delhi police- on August 1, 2012 three IM terrorists travelled by
a PMPML bus from Kasarwadi (Maharashtra) to Jangli Maharaj Road
(Maharashtra) to orchestrate the serial blasts.
October 18: Fayyaz Kagzi, LeT operative,
helped Abu Jundal in fleeing the country when he was under the radar
of the ATS after the Aurangabad arms haul case of May, 2006.
IM militants, who executed Pune
(Maharashtra) serial blasts of August 1, 2012, used phones and free
software to evade security agencies as they communicated with Riyaz
Bhatkal, the IM ‘chief’ of India.
October 17: IM terrorist Irfan,
allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August
1, 2012), had also welcomed Pakistan nationals Shaqir and Ahmed,
who had come to India as specialist bomb-makers. They were the same
men who had carried out the July 13, 2011, (13/7) serial blasts
at Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai (Maharashtra) under the assumed identities
of Waqas and Tabrez.
Police have also learnt from the
arrested men that several LeT and IM operatives are hiding in Mumbai
and other parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. LeT
and IM are in constant touch with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia-based
associates of Fayyaz Kagzi.
The Police custody of three suspected
IM operatives Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Syed Feroze alleged for
their alleged involvement in the Pune serial blast has been extended
till October 27, 2012.
October 16: Special cell of the
Delhi Police searched the two-room tenement in Kasarwadi (Pune District)
where IM militants stayed before the Pune (Maharashtra) blats of
August 1, 2012 and found traces of ammonium nitrate, wires and batteries
at the tenement.
Revelations made by Abu Jundal disclosed
that LeT has permeated Bangladesh administration.
Jundal has revealed that at least
12 IM and LeT modules have been trained to target major Indian cities.
According to the supplementary charge
sheet filed against Abu Jundal, he imparted training to the gunmen
in spreading wrong information about the real purpose of the attack.
Intelligence agencies have established
that the bombs used in both Zaveri Bazaar blasts in Mumbai (July
13, 2011) 13/7 and Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012)
were made by two Pakistani LeT militants.
Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Feroz,
who were recently arrested by Delhi Police for Pune serial blasts
and for plotting a similar attack in the national capital.
October 14: Terror outfit IM has
set up base in West Asia, with Saudi Arabia emerging as preferred
destination to launch its operations in India. Pakistan's ISI is
arranging safe havens for the terror operatives in West Asian countries.
The Saudi link and the activities
on social media are phenomena that have surfaced following the recent
arrest of IM terrorists in Delhi linked with Pune (Maharashtra)
blast of August 1, 2012.
The Special Cell team investigating
the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blast case claims to
have gathered evidence to indicate that the attacks were also meant
to avenge the murder of alleged IM militant Qateel Siddique in Yerawada
Delhi Police have identified a house
where the conspiracy for Pune blast hatched. Sayyed Feroze led a
team of the Delhi Police Special Cell to a house which he and five
others had rented as a meeting ground a month prior to the bid.
Despite the arrest of three suspected
IM terrorists who were planning major strikes in Delhi during the
Diwali season, sources in Delhi Police say that the threat is not
October 12: Investigators have learned
that the three IM terrorists, arrested for the August 1, 2012 Pune
(Maharashtra) serial blasts, had conducted a recce at five crowded
places in Mumbai on July 24. The targets included Borivli railway
station, Juhu beach, Vashi, Bandra and Andheri. They also planned
to attack the Maharashtra ATS headquarters at Nagpada.
The Mumbai plan was dropped, though,
on the instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal from Pakistan.
Three had met Yusuf Himayat Baig
through Kashif Biyabani, brother of Akhef Biyabani who was arrested
for the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
The two terrorists in this IM module-Shaqir
and Ahmed who are currently absconding-were involved in previous
blasts as well.
According to Police, Raju Bhai,
an important link in the Pune blasts case, got the Pul Prahladpur
flat in Delhi on rent for the three IM militants using a fake name.
A team of Pune ATS officers have
reached Delhi and are coordinating with the Delhi Police's Special
Cell. Karnataka Police officers will reach here on October 13.
IM was planning to carry out a fidayeen
attack at the Bodhgaya (Bihar) temple to avenge the recent killing
of Muslims allegedly by Buddhists in Myanmar.
LeT leader Fayyaz Kagzi, said to
be the mentor of three IM terrorist arrested in New Delhi, did not
engage Asad, Imran and Sayed but they volunteered to carry out jehad.
Aurangabad ATS continued to question
people in touch with IM operatives Imran and Asad Khan in Aurangabad
and Nanded (Both in Maharashtra) to gather more information about
the duo and their dealings.
IM is worth INR 500 million and
its major donors are the rich Sheikhs of Saudi and Gulf countries.
Pakistan's ISI has entrusted LeT to arrange funds for IM during
holy month of Ramadan when rich donate for zakaat.
October 11: Syed Afaque Iqbal has
now been booked by the SIT for reviving banned SIMI in Hyderabad
(Andhra Pradesh). Two days after taking the custody of Iqbal, Hyderabad
Police has claimed to have gathered sufficient leads to charge him
of revving banned SIMI in the city.
Delhi Police busted a gang of IM
terrorists- Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Sayed Feroz alias Hamza, all
belonging to Maharashtra, which carried out the serial blasts in
Pune on August 1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh
Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival season.
The terrorists were carrying 5kg
of explosives and 10 detonators as part of the plot to explode at
least 10 bombs in Delhi and the pilgrim city of Bodh Gaya.
One of the arrested persons, Asad,
is allegedly linked also to the Aurangabad arms haul case in which
Jundal is also an accused.
Delhi Police stumbled upon the IM
module by tracing their phone calls and email conversations with
their contacts, suspected to be the Bhatkal brothers and Kagzi in
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Aurangabad ATS, led by Navinchandra
Reddy searched residence of Asad Khan in Naigaon (Pune District),
and seized documents. Asad's younger brother, Hussain Khan, has
been picked up for questioning.
It was through Kagzi that Asad was
introduced to Riyaz and Iqbal. He then remained in touch them through
email and phone.
The arrested had made three attempts
to plant a bomb on the premises of the Yerawada central jail and
a local court in Pune.
October 10: IM terrorist, identified
as Langde Irfan, allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial
blasts (August 1, 2012) was arrested in Jaipur by the Delhi Police.
With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to
October 9: IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal
started his recruitment from a room near Darbhanga airport. Bhatkal
would spot recruits and Kafeel used to indoctrinate them into IM,
said ATS officials.
October 8: Abu Jundal was remanded
in the NIA custody till October 20, 2012 by a Delhi court.
Yasin Bhatkal, 'chief' of IM India
operations, planted the bomb at Dadar in the July 13, 2011 (13/7)
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts himself, according to the confessional
statement of Nadeem Sheikh, a key accused in the triple blasts.
The Maharashtra ATS which is probing
the case has also learnt that on July 7, 2011, six persons including
Bhatkal, Ahmed, Waqas, Tabrez, Munnabhai and Sheikh had met at Habib
building in Byculla to plan the serial blasts.
October 1: Feroz, an IM terrorist,
which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012 and
had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during the coming
festival season, was arrested by Delhi Police from Nizamuddin railway
station in Delhi.
September 26: Asad and Imran, IM
terrorists, which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August
1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during
the coming festival season, were arrested by Delhi Police from their
Pul Prahladpur accommodation.
October 3: Thane Police booked former
SIMI militant Saquib Nachan and four others under the MCOCA. Saquib
Nachan, is also accused in Mulund bomb blast of 2003, was arrested
by police for allegedly firing at an advocate in Bhiwandi on August
October 2: Alleged IM and SIMI
operative Afaq Iqbal alias Danish Riyaz was brought to Hyderabad
from Gujarat by the SIT of Hyderabad Police. He was sent to fourteen-day
September 30: Maharashtra ATS and
Central agencies probing the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) blasts
are now closing in on fronts funding IM and its activities. One
such key front based in south India projects itself as dedicated
to social service but is modelled along the lines of the banned
JuD in Pakistan; the LeT parent body.
September 26: NIA has registered
a fresh case against the members of the banned outfit IM for recruiting,
financing and running terror camps. The agency said that the IM
has received large amount of money over a period of one year from
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
According to the UMHA, there are
more than 52 militants of the IM who have been identified by the
Police and are presently on the run.
Investigations have revealed that
IM, has links with the international Islamic organization HuT banned
in Germany and Bangladesh.
Delhi Police had filed two charge
sheets against IM members and the alleged handler in 26/11) attacks
case, Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.
September 24: The Mumbai (Maharashtra)
High Court, granted bail on INR 50,000 to Mohammad Atik Iqbal, an
alleged IM operative.
IM militants had been instructed
to take to crimes like dacoity and snatching to fund their terror
activities in India without depending on hawala money. besides Madhya
Pradesh, the terror imprint has been found on robberies committed
even at Pune (Maharashtra), Patna (Bihar), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and
September 23: Saudi Arabia has asked
for more evidence from India about involvement of IM operative Fasih
Mohammed in terror activities especially in the conspiracy behind
the bomb blasts in Bangalore and Delhi.
September 21: The prosecution in
the German bakery bomb blast (February 13, 2010) case got an enhance
on September 21, 2012 as the role of IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal, the
man wanted for a string of terror attacks across the country, came
to light for the first time while recording evidence of a key witness.
September 16: ATS investigating
the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts have detained
a jeweller for processing INR 2.2 million hawala transaction
from Dubai and delivering it to two persons, suspected to be part
of the sleeper cells of IM.
A garment trader, identified as
Arvindkumar Jain, was arrested in Mumbai in an eight year old case
of FICN, booked by the Thane crime branch.
Abu Jundal key conspirator of 26/11
told interrogators that he was assisting the LeT in maintaining
their website for six to seven months prior to the 26/11 strike.
September 15: It was reported that
IM perpetrators were paid INR 1 million, sent through hawala
from UAE, for 13/7 blasts.
September 13: A court, awarded five-year
rigorous imprisonment to three militants, identified as Khalid,
Sami and Shahja of SIMI in a 2008 case for possessing arms and distributing
objectionable pamphlets in Shyamnagar area of Dhar District in Madhya
September 12: With the fourth anniversary
of September 13, 2008 Delhi serial blast, Delhi Police has started
tracking the members of IM especially Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh,
as they fear an IM strike.
September 11: UMHA has asked the
NIA to lodge a fresh FIR against IM. UMHA named all the absconding
members as accused. Sources said the FIR would have names of about
a dozen absconding IM members, including those holed up in Pakistan.
September 9: The IM is out to resurrect
the outfit by dumping former cadres of the Students Islamic Movement
of India and starting recruitments afresh, the Delhi Police have
September 7: The Delhi Police, in
a conference presentation said the IM was targeting disenchanted
youth comprising 'petty criminals' and 'highly-paid software professionals'
for assembling bombs, Internet hacking and is extensively using
social networking sites to avoid detection.
September 4: MHA has asked West
Bengal government to keep tabs on the activities of SIMI in the
The UMHA is concerned about the
steady rise in terrorist activists in the Marathwada region of Maharshtra
particularly Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed and Nanded Districts.
It was found that activists of the banned Student SIMI, IM and certain
organisations from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, were focusing on
the Marathwada region.
August 30: Initial reports had said
the four suspected IM activists involved in the April 17, 2010,
Chinnaswamy stadium (Bangalore) blast case were picked up by Police.
Mumbai Police arrested another desecrator
of Amar Jawan memorial at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai (Maharashtra)
during the August 11, 2012, violence. The arrestee
was identified as Shahbaz Abdul Kadir Sheikh. He along
with other desecrators Abdul Kadir Mohammad Yunus Ansari and Salim
Chaukiya, who allegedly snatched a rifle from a Police official,
were said to be the key rioters in the case.
August 27: The Supreme Court refused
to direct the Union Government on extradition or deportation of
IM militant Fasih Mohammed from Saudi Arabia Authority. After going
through all the correspondence between the Centre and the Saudi
Arabia Government, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi
said it is for the Centre to pursue the case further as it cannot
pass any direction for bringing him back.
August 22: In its recently submitted
inquiry report, the Maharashtra CID said that the murder of suspected
IM militant Qateel Mohammed Siddiqui inside Pune’s Yerwada Central
Jail on June 8, 2012.
August 21: The Government has officially
called the August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts a terror act.
The Centre had maintained so far that all angles were being probed
and that the blasts, which injured one person, could be an act of
The Bangalore and Delhi
Police are preparing documents in Arabic for the extradition of
28-year-old IM operative Fasih Mohammed from Saudi Arabia as
sought by the Saudi authorities. Fasih is wanted in connection with
blast that occurred outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (Karnataka)
on April 17, 2010, and a shootout at Jama Masjid in Old Delhi
onSeptember 19, 2010.
Bangalore city Police are planning
to send a proposal to the state Government, seek its approval for
setting up a special court to speed up the trial of the Chinnaswamy
stadium blast case. They will also ask the Government to appoint
a special public prosecutor for the case.
August 20: Cyber security agencies
have detected the hand of the PFI in Kerala and Bangladesh-based
HuJI, while tracking SMSs that led to the exodus of Northeast people,
said a cyber expert.
According to Police officials, Mohammed
Sajjid, founding member of banned IM is a key suspect in the August
1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial bomb blast.
August 16: Initial investigation
shows role of SIMI in the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Security
agencies have pinpointed SIMI operative Saquib Nachan to be the
mastermind of the attack.
CCCI probe into the SMSs and the
uploaded morphed pictures circulated among the minority community
which led to provocation at Azad Maidan Mumbai on August 11 has
so far not found any IP to suggest that it had originated from Pakistan.
August 12: A communication between
terrorist of two terrorist organisations, LeT and IM, intercepted
by the central IB has revealed that terror operatives failed to
plant a bomb-laden car in Ahmadabad.
A high alert was sounded at Jaipur
(Rajasthan) airport by the CISF and the city Police in the wake
of an IB alert on a possible hijack plan at four probable spots
in the country, including Jaipur.
Mujib Shaikh, IM mitant and an accused
in the serial blasts that took place in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on July
26, 2008, told the Ahmadabad Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan
alias Tauqeer - a terror operative and one of the masterminds
of Ahmadabad serial blasts - could be behind the August 1 Pune serial
Mujib Shaikh told the Ahmadabad
Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan alias Tauqeer could
be behind the August 1 Pune serial blasts and is now heading the
August 9: A strand of hair found
on a defused bomb at Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 17, 2010, helped
Police establish the identity of a terrorist named Mohammed Qateel
Siddiqui (30), who planted it. Siddiqqui was killed in a brawl in
Pune central jail.
August 8: The forensic experts’
report on August 1 Pune bomb blast reveals the use of a cohesive
mixture of ammonium nitrate and furnace oil as well as use of several.
August 6: The Ahmadabad crime branch
has taken into its custody IM suspect in the Ahmadabad serial blasts
case, Mujib Sheikh. Sheikh has been brought to the city for further
questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the
planting of bombs in Surat.
SC granted two weeks time to the
Centre to file its written submission on the whereabouts of suspected
IM member Fasih Mohammed, who is currently in the custody of Saudi
Arabia Police, in connection with several terror acts in India.
Rajasthan State ATS intensified
its search for the four absconding suspects associated with the
IM terror outfit of the Jaipur serial blasts of May.
A SC bench of justices P Sathasivam
and Ranjan Gogoi granted two weeks time to the Centre to file its
written submission on the whereabouts of suspected IM member Fasih
Mohammed, who is currently in the custody of Saudi Arabia Police,
in connection with several terror acts in India.
August 5: The intensity of the four
explosions on Jungli Maharaj Road, Pune on August 1 would have been
higher had all the charges gone off, and if the ammonium nitrate
used was not outdated or if RDX had been used, said officials from
The involvement of IM has worried
Gujarat Police, because the state has always figured high on the
terrorists' hit list.
The Ahmadabad crime branch has taken
into its custody IM suspect in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case,
Mujib Sheikh, after he was brought to the city on a transfer warrant
from Madhya Pradesh. Sheikh has been brought to the city for further
questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the
planting of bombs in Surat.
August 4: Karnataka ATS raided the
houses of suspected IM militants Shaikh Altaf and Shaikh Ramzan
in Bijapur in connection to the Pune blasts.
Investigators based on a host of
factors and indications are convinced that the low-intensity serial
blasts in Pune on August 1 were executed by the IM.
Abu Jundal, told the Police that
the Pune German Bakery blast conspiracy was planned in 2008 but
it could not be executed as the LeT bosses wanted a Mumbai operation
Abu Jundal told the crime branch
of Mumbai Police that the brothers Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal
are hiding in Pakistan, but he doesn't know much about them. The
Bhatkal brothers are involved in several serial blasts across the
country and had fled to Pakistan in 2009.
Karnataka ATS raided the houses
of suspected IM militants Shaikh Altaf and Shaikh Ramzan in Bijapur
(Karnataka) in connection to the Pune blasts.
Investigators based on a host of
factors and indications are convinced that the low-intensity serial
blasts in Pune on August 1 were executed by the IM. While it may
have been executed by some new recruits of the terror outfit, IM
leadership that is mostly intact and believed to be hiding in Pakistan
may have planned the attack, sources say.Further, the investigators
have ruled out the possibility of Maoists or Hindu fringe groups
being responsible for the four blasts and two unexploded IED, sources
August 3: Justice V. K. Shali Tribunal
has submitted its report confirming the ban on SIMI that it has
links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the LeT and
its frontal outfit, the Indian Mujahideen IM.
Maharashtra Police officials said
that they prepared sketches of two persons who may have planted
explosives in Pune on August 1. The investigators
suspect involvement of at least three persons in executing the serial
bomb blasts in Pune.
The court of additional sessions
judge N P Dhote deferred the hearing in the February 13, 2010, German
bakery bomb blast case that killed 17 people and injured 64 till
August 24, 2012. The hearing was deferred as the special public
prosecutor Raja Thakare had sent a plea.
ATS officers from Karnataka and
Gujarat reached Pune to probe link of August 1, blast to their states
in any manner. The Karnataka Police interrogated Dayanand Patil,
the only injured in the blast and a suspect, and his wife, as they
are a natives of Kohinoor village in Basavakalyan taluk (administrative
unit) of Karnataka’s Bidar District.
The investigating agencies suspect
that a new terror module engineered August 1 blasts in Pune. According
to officials, the suspicion stems from the nature of the material
used in the bombs and the modus operandi of the group. The investigators
believe five to six persons may have carried out the blasts.
August 2: NIA members said that
entire operation of August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts looks
as though it had been planned locally. Right from the timer devices,
a locally-made clock and locally purchased bicycles, all indications
are that the entire operation was planned in Pune.
"Although the IM [Indian Mujahedeen]
had resurfaced from Bihar, it would not be correct to say that their
modules are dead in Pune, which was once their headquarters,"
Intelligence Bureau officials said.
Home Minister R R Patil said that
Pune police had received a letter warning revenge over the death
of alleged IM operative Qateel Ahmad Siddiqui in Yerawada jail.
Top police officers in Pune refuted
reports of having received a specific report from the SID or letters
warning them about the bomb blasts on the busy Jangli Maharaj road
a day earlier.
An unnamed official as saying that
a design flaw in the bombs caused them to explode partially and
prevented the shrapnel from spreading. Without naming any group,
an unnamed Home Ministry official in New Delhi said there were "credible
leads" pointing to a "big plan" by a terror outfit.
Investigation in the serial low-intensity
blasts in the city has hit a hurdle as some CCTV cameras at the
explosion sites have been found to be non-functional. Sources in
the investigative agencies said that the CCTV cameras installed
at Dena Bank, McDonald’s and Bal Gandharva traffic square, near
where the explosions occurred, have not yielded any clue so far
and some of them were non-functional.
August 1: Four low-intensity blasts
rocked the busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune injuring one person.
Two other bombs were defused by the Anti-Terror Squad. All
explosives were kept in cake boxes and placed within a kilometer
Home Secretary RK Singh said that
the injured person is being treated as suspect and questioned by
the police. Mr. Singh also suspects a terror angle as it was a planned
attack. After the blasts all cities across India are on high alert.
A bomb disposal squad swept Jantar Mantar in New Delhi where Anna
Hazare and his activists are on a hunger strike, supported by a
Police sources said that the preliminary
report of the FSL indicates that ammonium nitrate was used in the
Pune blasts. According to the city's Police Commissioner Gulab Rao
Pol, the man who was suspected to have carried one of the four bombs
that exploded in Pune on August 1 night, and was injured has been
identified as Dayanand Patil, a local tailor. He is a local resident
and works as a tailor in Junglee Maharaj Road.
The Pune Police commissioner Gulabrao
Pol have denied the August 1 attack to be a terror attack; however,
ATS suspect it to be work of IM.
According to a report, bicycle has
once again become the vehicle of terror after the August 1 Pune
blast suggests the use of bicycle to carry out attack.
July 27: Jundal reiterated the presence
of IM founder brothers Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal in Karachi, Pakistan.
July 26: PFI is the new face of
banned extremist outfit SIMI and is engaged in anti-national activities,
Kerala Police's Intelligence Wing Chief, Siddique Rawther, told
the Kerala High Court.
Jundal has told the Mumbai crime
branch that he was associated with the activities of the banned
SIMI in Beed since early 2000. But it was in 2005 that he got close
to LeT operative Aslam Kashmiri, who he met in Beed, and started
participating in terror activities.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj
Kumar said that there could not be a set time-frame for the deportation
of alleged IM operative, Fasih Mohammed, from Saudi Arabian, as
it involved legal procedures. The CBI on behalf of the Karnataka
and the Delhi Police had got a red-corner notice issued against
Fasih through the Interpol.
July 25: Jundal further revealed
that, the SIMI, a banned outfit, has been acting as the 'backbone'
for militant organisations providing them with critical logistical
support to carry out terror strikes in the country. He said, SIMI
has links with JeM, HM and the ISI.
July 23: The STF of Kolkata Police
believes suspected IM militant; Haroon Rashid was probably planning
a strike during Mamata Banerjee's Martyrs' Day rally on the same
day. Haroon wanted in connection with the 13/7 Mumbai blasts and
other terror acts in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Jundal said LeT was planning to
revamp its Indian agency, IM, but admitted he had never met the
Bhatkal brothers. The IM was setting up modules in India with the
help of its Saudi Arabian modules.
July 21: Abu Jundal provided first-hand
evidence of recent vintage that "Project Karachi", an ISI backed
terror scheme to provide shelter to Indian terror fugitives, continues
to present a danger to India.
Some prominent members of the IM
believed to be in Pakistan and the names of those who have cropped
up in Jundal's interrogation include Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, Aslam
Kashmiri, Fayaz Kagzi and Aakif.
July 19: Jundal revealed that Yasin
Bhatkal, one of the most wanted terrorists in the country and 'chief'
of the IM, is now hiding in Bangladesh with the support of ISI.
India has decided to formally move
for Fasih Mehmood's deportation from Saudi Arabia so that the role
of IM in several blasts in the country can be investigated.
July 17: Kolkata Police's STF arrested
a suspected terrorist, identified as Harun Rashid, of banned SIMI,
believed to be active behind the Islamic terrorism in India and
having close links with terror outfit IM.
Interpol has informed the MHA that
IM Fasih Mohammed terrorist, who is wanted in several terror cases
and is in the custody of Saudi Arabian authorities, cannot be extradited
Haroon Rashid, suspected IM militant
arrested from Kolkata on July 17.
July 15: Investigation in bomb blast
cases has thrown light on the fact that not only low level militants
but also top rung of IM have cheated their sponsors of big amount
LeT militant, Abu Jundal, has revealed
that the 26/11 attacks were most probably planned spanning across
five countries- Pakistan, Sri Lanka, US, Italy and France.
July 13: The questioning of IM militants-
Kafeel and Kamaal Ansari by Delhi Special Cell has revealed that
the IM's Indian head, Yaseen Bhatkal, had entrusted them with the
job of conducting recees and arranging for arms and ammunitions
to the strike force that actually carried out the attacks.
The questioning of IM militants-
Kafeel and Kamaal Ansari by Delhi Special Cell has revealed that
the IM's Indian head, Yaseen Bhatkal, had entrusted them with the
job of conducting recees and arranging for arms and ammunitions
to the strike force that actually carried out the attacks.
A year after the 13/7 blasts, the
probe led by Maharashtra's ATS has gone transnational as the key
wanted accused are believed to be operating from Saudi Arabia, Dubai,
Nepal and Pakistan.
July 12: The arrested LeT handler
Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told the Intelligence
and Delhi Police officials that "10 SIM cards, used by 10 terrorists,
including lone survivor Ajmal Kasab, in Mumbai were procured and
sent to Pakistan by Abu Zar, Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander in Jammu
and Kashmir", said a source.
Fasih Mohammed, an accused in the
April 17, 2010, Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore) blast and the September
19, 2010, shooting incident near Jama Masjid (Delhi) and detained
in Saudi Arabia, is likely to be deported to India next week.
July 11: IM India chief and one
of the main conspirators and executors of the triple blasts in Mumbai
on 13/7)Mohammed Ahmed Sadibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal used
to impart jihadi speeches to the youth in a school library
at Darbhanga in Bihar.
July 10: After the arrest of top
LeT militant Abu Jundal, Indian security agencies have over the
past few days intercepted several wireless messages close to the
LoC in the Kashmir Valley in which LeT commanders operating out
of Muzaffarabad in PoK are telling counterparts across the border
to launch major terror strikes in the region.
26/11 attack handler Abu Jundal
has been in custody of the Delhi Police's Special Cell since June
21, but insiders say that his 'real' interrogation is yet to begin.
According to IB and the Delhi Police are seeking to establish the
exact links between LeT and the IM.
July 9: A Delhi court remanded to
10 days Delhi Police custody two suspected militants of IM identified
as Kafil Akhtar and Kamal Hasan for their alleged involvement in
reviving the banned outfit.
Syed Zaibuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal,
the key handler of 26/11 attack was given eight different aliases
by LeT leadership since his induction in the outfit till his stay
in Saudi Arabia, which also suggests that the organisation used
more than one Quniyat (nickname) for its militants.
Delhi Police will be writing to
Interpol asking for details of Ansari's Pakistani SIM card. A source
said "we will seek SIM card of Jundal from FIA of Pakistan through
The Union Government revealed the
whereabouts of Fasih Mohammad, a suspected terror accused, and said
he is in custody of the Saudi Arabia Police.
July 8: Abu Jundal has told interrogators
that it was LeT ‘operation head’ Muzammil Butt, then operating in
Kashmir, who along with dozen terrorists in Army fatigues went to
Chhattisinghpora village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag District
on March 25, 2000 and killed 35 Sikhs.
Abu Jundal claimed that, Abu Hamza,
who has been linked to several terror strikes in the country, including
the December 28, 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Science
(IISc) in Bangalore (Karnataka), is dead.
Delhi Police has approached Interpol
to get the statement of the Taiwanese tourist, Ku Ze Wei, who was
injured in IM orchestrated attack on Jama Masjid on September 19,
July 6: Jundal revealed Major Sameer
Ali came to PoK to hand over two cartons of AK-47 bullets to the
terrorists who were to carry out the 26/11 attacks.
Delhi Police is planning to send
a Letter Rogatory (LR) to Saudi Arabia seeking more details about
Jundal's stay, his job and about computers used by him.
The Indian agencies for the first
time sent an elaborate report to the FBI on LeT operative David
Coleman Headley’s involvement in 26/11, based on interrogation of
July 5: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
said that India has conveyed to Islamabad that information from
the interrogation of LeT terrorist Abu Jundal clearly pointed to
involvement of non-state actors and state actors in Pakistan who
were behind 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.
NIA is reported to be currently
conducting fresh raids in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka based
on crucial leads provided by Jundal.
Abu Jundal told interrogators, the
Pakistani handlers of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack believed for
some time that three cabinet ministers and a cabinet secretary had
been held in Hotel Taj (Mumbai) and thought that they could demand
anything from the Indian government for their releaseas.
Abu Jundal has told interrogators
that LeT ‘military commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is being guarded
in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan by LeT militants.
Abu Jundal told Delhi Police that
LeT has jointly set up bases with IM all over India for future operations.
July 4: IM has been banned in the
UK, Britain’s Security Minister James Brokenshire told lawmakers.
IM has become one of 47 other organisations on the UK banned list.
Union Home minister P. Chidambaram
said it had become increasingly clear that 'state actors' were involved
in executing the 26/11 terror attacks and that without state support
the terror control room could not have been established in Pakistan.
Abu Jundal has told investigators
that 12, and not 10, LeT terrorists had been trained for the 26/11
NIA told a Delhi court that it wants
custodial interrogation of Abu Jundal.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
admitted officially for the first time that IM operative Fasih Mahmood
had been detained in Saudi Arabia.
State Home Minister Thiruvanchoor
Radhakrishnan told the Kerala State Assembly that the SIMI is not
functioning in Kerala but former activists of the banned outfit
were carrying out their activities under cover. Seven terror related
cases, including the camp held by SIMI activists at Wagamon (Idukki
District), were handed over to the National Investigating Agency,
Jundal has told interrogators the
Karachi 'control room' was destroyed by sleuths of Pakistan’s Federal
Investigation Agency weeks after the barbaric Mumbai attack.
July 3: Recent investigations have
revealed that IM's Bihar module, was not the "latest"
but the "oldest" module formed by the terror outfit.
Jundal's passport (number - QL1790941)
was made on January 28, 2009, valid till January 2014, with his
address shown as village Daowkay, Post Office Mohammad Rehman Pura
in District Sheikhupura (in Punjab Province). He was shown as the
son of one Mohammad Khushi.
Abu Jundal reportedly used chat
services to communicate with his module members.
India decided to give a dossier
on LeT operative Abu Jundal to Pakistan.
The jailed mastermind of 26/11 attack,
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is still active, commanding the main LeT
communication centre from within Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
July 2: A senior LeT militant, identified
only as "major general saheb", and two ISI personnel were
among the 10 people present in the control room set up in Karachi
to orchestrate the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai.
LeT terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai attacks
handler Abu Jundal's passport has revealed his present and permanent
addresses in Pakistan as Muridke near Lahore.
Jundal was planning to attack the
Nashik Police Academy in Maharashtra, following the successful strike
on the Lahore Police Academy in Pakistan allegedly by the Taliban
on March 30, 2009.
Jundal told the Special Cell of
Delhi Police that the LeT has brought in an ace Chinese para-glider
to northern Pakistan where he has been training militants in paragliding
for the past two years. The training is being conducted somewhere
in the Baltistan area of north Pakistan bordering the Xinjiang Autonomous
Region of China.
Jundal has shown no regret for 26/11
attacks, in which 166 people were killed and 238 injured.
Jundal refuses to give information
about the involvement of Pakistan’s state agencies, say investigators.
Statements of LeT operative David
Coleman Headley and Abu Jundal, match in one key respect as they
have both named the same three Pakistani officials as being involved
in the planning and execution of the 26/11 attacks. Sources in the
Maharashtra ATS) said Jundal has named Major Iqbal, Major Sameer
Ali and Colonel Shah of the Pakistani Army.
July 1: Abu Jundal told his interrogators,
that LeT militants are trained in 'internet activities' and the
outfit has a dedicated band of "trained and educated"
Jundal has also given information
about LeT’s training camps running all over Pakistan.
Fasih Mahmood is one of the founding
members of IM and that he studied in the same engineering college
as Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal- the Bhatkal brothers.
Fasih was one of the five men who
transformed SIMI into the IM almost overnight a decade ago, Delhi
Police sources claim.
June 30: Sources further said that
they found around 60 "interesting" numbers in Jundal's
mobile phone and Jundal has allegedly claimed that of these about
15 are of ISI officers and LeT members in Pakistan. The other numbers
are of contacts in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Jundal has told officials that German
Bakery blast accused Fayaz Kagzi, who was Ansari's accomplice and
who inducted him into the LeT, is living in Abu Dhabi. The officials
said Jundal had obtained the SIM card for his mobile from Pakistan.
Abu Jundal has told interrogators
that at least two officers of Pakistan's ISI were present in the
control room set up in Karachi.
Jundal has revealed he had recruited
50 persons during his nearly two-year stay in Saudi Arabia and was
also instrumental in hawala funding through his contacts in Riyadh
and Dubai to LeT’s sleeper cells in Kerala and Maharashtra.
June 29: Asserting the role of Abu
Jundal, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram commented, "In fact
many missing pieces of the 26/11 conspiracy are now known to us
through interrogation of Abu Jundal. He was a key operative, he
was assigned the key responsibility to putting the 10 terrorists
in intensive training and the customs followed by Mumbaikars.”
Intelligence sources said that Abu
Jundal, in his interrogation disclosed that following the Mumbai
massacre the LeT shifted its headquarters from Muridke to Dolai
region in PoK to avoid suspicion.
Abu Jundal has revealed that one
Major Abdurrehman and key 26/11 accused Sajid MiraliasSajid
Wajid had visitedIndiaas cricket fans and conducted reconnaissance
of important sites inDelhiand Mumbai for about a fortnight.
CBI source said that “The Saudi
Arabian authorities have finally confirmed to the CBI that Fasih
Mehmood is in their custody. The CBI has begun the process to get
him back toIndia soon”. In addition, Indian security establishment
is looking at almost half a dozen persons in Saudi Arabia who may
have had significant role in terrorism targeted against India.
A source said among the key Indian
terror suspects they believe to be hiding inSaudi Arabiais C A M
Basheer, the former SIMI leader.
Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram
stated that according to Abu Jundal’s revelations, a new ‘chief’
is heading LeT. After arrest of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on December
2, 2008, by Pakistan for 26/11 attacks, another handler named Muzameel
took charge of the terror outfit.
Abu Jundal, the alleged handler
of 26/11 terrorists, has further revealed that Mumbai attackers
had undergone training in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.
Jundal claimed there was a 'great
degree of coordination now between LeT, al Qaeda and even the Taliban’.
Jundal claims that though he did
visit LeT’s training facility at the Pakistan-Iran border but he
was not present during the time that the Mumbai module was undergoing
The LeT militant Faiyaz Kagzi, an
accused in 26/11 blast case, had given bomb-making training to Pune
German Bakery blast (February 13, 20120) accused Mirza Himayat Baig
in Sri Lanka capital Colombo in 2008.
June 28: After 26/11 Mumbai terror
attacks, when pressure mounted on Pakistan to arrest LeT ‘operations
chief’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi from a camp near Muzaffarabad in PoK,
LeT’s Indian command Abu Jundal was bailed out by ISI. After being
bailed out, Jundal was asked to stay off the radar and he left forSaudi
Arabiain early 2010.
Jundal revealed that all LeT members
had done some communication practice for VoIP internet calls and
understand the network areas of the targets. The LeT bosses also
checked theSIMcards and handsets before the 10 terrorists left for
Mumbai and a last-minute drill was also conducted.
UHM is unlikely to oblige a Pakistani
request to share information about Syed Zabiuddin aka Abu Jundal’s
Jundal has revealed before the Special
Cell of Delhi Police that LeT is running several training camps
in Muzaffarabad in PoK.
NIA moved for his custody and registered
an FIR against him and another terrorist Fayaz Kagzi for planning
to organise terrorist attacks inIndia.
According to the reports, Jundal
was sent toKathmanduin 2005 for training for two months in arms
and explosives. After coming back, he got involved with theFebruary
19, 2006Ahmedabad blast.
Jundal revealed that two days before
the 26/11 attack, LeT militants carried out a mock drill inPakistan.
According to Bengal Police, he used
Bongaon District inWest Bengal, to sneak fromIndiaintoBangladeshbefore
moving on toPakistanin 2006. While he was inBengal, he recruited
youths from Murshidabad, Malda and North 24-Parganas Districts.
Abu Jundal had nine Facebook accounts
and email ids that he allegedly used to hunt for new recruits in
Saudi Arabia and in India for LeT.
Abu Jundal confessed that he had
met LeT's operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in thePakistanjail.
Jundal said that after 26/11, he fled toPakistanand was running
a business of sale and purchase of cars inRawalpindi.
June 27: The Indian Government said
it is in touch with authorities inSaudi Arabiato bring back alleged
IM operative Fasih Mahmood.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
said that the arrested 26/11 attack handler, Syed Zabiuddin alias
Abu Jundal, had confirmed the role of Pakistani state actors in
the plotting and execution of Mumbai attacks.
The role of Pakistani state actors
is also being suspected from the location of LeT's control room
in Karachi as pointed out by Jundal.
The interrogation of Abu Jundal,
the 26/11 handler, has turned out to be an expose of LeT links with
the IM, Jundal has confessed his links with IM.
Jundal is the highest ranking Indian
in LeT and was recruited in 2005. Jundal has told his interrogators
that he was recruited by LeT's ‘commander’ of Jammu and Kashmir
range Aslam Kashmiri.
Jundal confessed that the plan to
carry out 26/11 type terror strike was plotted in 2006, however,
when the security agencies track down arms, ammunitions and explosives
from Aurangabad in Maharashtra it was postponed and then he was
asked to come down to Pakistan by his LeT bosses.
Delhi Police revealed that LeT trained
Jundal to fly planes. Lashkar had planned to use him and two others
(Fayyaz Kagzi from Beed and Mohammad Rahil Sheikh from Thane) in
9/11-style kamikaze attacks on Indian highrise buildings and big
Abu Jundal was planning to attack
the RSS Headquarters inNagpuras well as theUSAand Israeli embassies
Jundal has been put on a suicide
watch. Accordingly, Delhi Police's SWAT commandoes have been deployed
to prevent Jundal from harming himself in the custody.
June 26: Anti-India terror outfits
operating fromPakistanhave been trying to lure youth from Kerala
under a slogan 'Organise without organisation'. There is a wide
network that recruits youth from Kerala for LeT. C A M Basheer,
the elusive SIMI leader from Aluva (Ernakulam District), now operating
fromSaudi Arabia, is the key figure.
Indian Government sources confirmed
reports of more terror operatives’ detention inSaudi Arabia, Suspected
IM operative Fasih Mohammad was one of those detained in Saudi,
Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna confirmed
that Jundal, a key player in 26/11terror operation, was arrested
with the help of Saudi authorities.
AdilaliasAjmal, a Pakistani
national told Police that in 2009, Jundal reportedly trained 90
men at LeT Bhawalpur training camp in the Punjab Province of Pakistan,
many of them later joined the IM.
Further investigation revealed that
Abu Jundal was the conduit betweenPakistan's ISI and LeT and SIMI
and IM in India.
US had prevented Jundal’s deportation
toPakistanas he was earlier arrested inSaudi Arabia(2011) in a forgery
case, andPakistanwas trying hard to get him deported.
June 25: Union Home Minister P.
Chidambaram said, “The person who goes by the pseudonym of Abu Jundal
has been apprehended and has been remanded to the custody of law
LeT has re-activated its naval wing
last year (2011) with terrorists trying their hand at maritime techniques
including sailing off theKarachishore, the interrogation of Abu
Jundal has revealed.
June 23: LeT terrorist Abu Jindal
(Jundal), who is in Delhi Police's custody, has confessed his active
role in 26/11 attacks, saying that JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed was present
in the Karachi (Pakistan) control room when the 26/11 masterminds
were controlling the events.
According to IB sources, during
the interrogation, Abu Jindal has admitted to handling the attack
on Nariman House during 26/11. Jindal reportedly told the Police
that he was the one who trained the 10 terrorists.
Sources said, "Abu Jundal knows
the Bhatkal brothers - Riyaz and Iqbal, bosses of Indian Mujahideen
based inKarachi-- very well. He claims that the Bhatkal brothers
used to come to joint meetings of Lashkar and IM. For the Jama Masjid
attack, the Bhatkal brothers asked Jundal to provide a man, an expert
June 17: India has for
the first time lodged a strong protest with Pakistan and given concrete
evidence proving that IM, which has been responsible for a series
of bomb blasts across the country, is a front of terror outfit LeT.
New Delhi has also categorically
told Islamabad that LeT was using the Pakistani soil to give training
and other logistical support to the IM. The issue was discussed
at length during the recently concluded home secretary-level talk
agency, ISI, has for long been trying to project that IM was India's
internal problem of 'home grown terror' as most of its members were
Indians. The basic idea of ISI, intelligence sources said, behind
floating IM was to show that terrorism was India's own domestic
issue and that Pakistan has nothing to do with it. But Indian intelligence
and security agencies have now busted that myth giving a complete
list during the secretary-level talks to Pakistan of LeT's terror
camps in Pakistan where IM cadre, comprising mostly Indian recruits,
were being trained.
The details of this elaborate
dossier reveals that LeT was using at least five camps in PoK to
train IM terrorists in use of making IEDs and training of arms and
ammunitions. These important camps, which have been on the radar
of Indian agencies, are: Bait-ul- Mujahideen at Shawai Nalla; Al
Massada, Ibn Taymiyya, Abdullah Bin Masood, Masker Al Aqsa. All
these training camps are in Muzaffarabad in PoK. The dossier also
states that most of these men are 'launched across the border' mostly
through the Maskai-e-Ummalkura which is basically a tent camp used
for transit close to the Indian border.
The details provided
by the Indian side go on to reveal that the top LeT commanders like
Abu Muzammil and Abu Sama, are actively involved in training the
IM terrorist. These two LeT operatives often cross over into India
also to supervise Lashkar operations in the Kashmir Valley, particularly
in North Kashmir. In addition, India also reiterated that the two
founders of IM, Riaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, continue to live in Karachi
under the ISI's protection.
"Information was also
provided to Pakistan as to how Indian youth from various parts of
the country are taken to Pakistan through Nepal and Bangladesh for
training. This is the first time that India has taken up the IM
issue with Pakistan so strongly," a senior home ministry official
said. The current chief of IM in India, Yasin Bhatkal, who is still
on the run, is also suspected to have been trained by the LeT at
these training centres in Muzaffarabad.
June 15: Investigations
into the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts revealed that one of the wanted
accused and IM operative Muzaffar Kola, had been using two SIM cards
which were obtained under fake identity.
Police said that Kola,
who originally belongs to Bhatkal (Karnataka), owns a private firm,
Muzaffar Kola Enterprises, in Dubai. ATS chief Rakesh Maria said,
"This firm is also involved in hawala business. One of the arrested
accused, Haroon Rasheed Naik, had given INR 10 lakh to this firm
to send it to India. The money was send from Dubai to a New Delhi
based hawala operator, Kanwalnayan Pathrija, who in turn
gave this money to Indian Mujahideen leader, Yaseen Bhatkal alias
Shahrukh alias Shivanand. This money was used to execute the triple
ATS investigators said
that two other arrested accused, Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar, had
provided SIM cards obtained on forged and fake documents to several
Indian Mujahideen leaders. "We have got evidence to prove that the
two SIM cards which Kola had been using were obtained on forged
documents," said an officer.
The officers of the Maharashtra
anti-terrorism squad (ATS) interrogating Indian Mujahideen (IM)
operative Mohammed Kafeel Ahmed, in connection with July 13, 2011
(13/7) triple blasts in the city, have said that he is the key conduit
in what is believed to be a well-spread out hawala (illegal
money transfer) network that channels underworld money to the terror
group. Kafeel, the caretaker of a local mosque and well-versed with
scriptures, travelled across the country to spot and train fresh
recruits into the IM cadre, ATS officials said.
The interrogation has
also revealed that Kafeel knows how the INR 3.75 crore ransom collected
in the 2001 kidnapping of shoe baron Partho Roy Burman in West Bengal
was routed through hawala channels. The Intelligence Bureau
(IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) believe that the money
was used to fund the 9 /11 World Trade Centre attack in US, as well
as the attack on the American Center at Kolkata in 2002, and that
the kidnapping was carried out by persons who went on to form the
His interrogation has
revealed over a dozen names that play a crucial role in the IM set
up. Kafeel, along with Muzaffar Kola could throw light on terror
financing through hawala networks, said police sources. Kola,
whom the ATS alleges to be the key person who channelled INR 10
lakh to 13/7 mastermind Yasin Bhatkal through his hawala network,
was also involved in the transfer of ransom money in the Burman
June 11: The Centre again
denied that engineer (and alleged Indian Mujahedeen operative) Fasih
Mohammad from Bihar, who had gone missing from Saudi Arabia after
being allegedly picked up by Indian intelligence sleuths on May
13, was in the custody of any Indian law enforcement agency. The
Delhi Police also filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court to this
Appearing for the Union
of India, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Gourab Banerji also
said the Government of Saudi Arabia, with whom the Indian ambassador
had held two meetings on the issue, were "neither confirming nor
denying" if Fasih is in the custody of that country's police.
To a question from the
Bench if Fasih was alive or not, the ASG said, "We have no knowledge
as they (Saudi authorities) are not saying anything." He said there
would be "some information" within 10 days.
June 8: IM operative
Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui, accused of executing terror attacks in
Bangalore and Delhi and involved in the attempt to blow up Pune's
Dagadusheth Ganapati temple, was strangled to death by two other
prisoners in a high-security cell of Pune's Yerawada central jail
on June 8, 2012. Siddiqui was in custody of the Maharashtra ATS
since May 3, 2012. He was handed over by Delhi Police, who arrested
him on November 22, 2011. The terrorist was believed to be a close
associate of Yasin Bhatkal, the main suspect in a string of terror
S.V. Khatavkar, who was later suspended by the Maharashtra government
for the security lapse, said that Siddiqui was found dead in his
10 ftx10 ft cubicle in the 'anda' cell of Yerawada. "We later
learned that gangster Sharad Mohol and his aide Alok Bhalerao, who
were also lodged in the anda cell, had strangled Siddiqui to death
with a drawstring from a pair of shorts around 9.45am," he
Further, the Maharashtra
government has now asked prison authorities to separate terror accused
from other high-profile criminals, according to Hindustan Times.
The directive was issued soon after Siddiqui’s murder came to light,
said Police sources. The directive is significant considering Arthur
Road, Yerawada and Nagpur central jails hold high value criminals
including Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani national convicted for his
role in the 26/11 terrorist attacks.
Apart from him, the state
is particularly concerned about the key IM operatives arrested in
the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts which includes Haroon Rashid Abdul
Hamid Naik, Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Sheikh and Kanwar Nain Wazirchand
Pathrija. All the four accused are currently in Arthur Road jail
in Mumbai which also houses key Chhota Rajan henchmen facing trial
in various cases.
June 6: The Delhi High Court gave
four weeks time to the centre to respond to a Public Interest Litigation
(PIL) seeking verification of users of networking sites on the lines
of mobile subscribers, to augment national security.
The PIL seeks strict scrutiny and
verification of each user of social networking sites in India to
ward off cybercrimes and terrorism. Referring to a report of Mumbai
ATS, the PIL claims the accused of the 13/7 blast in Mumbai (Maharashtra)
were in touch with each other and the IM operatives through internet
The centre told the Supreme Court
that a red corner notice has been issued IM operative Fasih Mehmood
for his alleged role in various terrorist activities, but refuted
his wife's claim that he was abducted in a joint operation by Indian
and Saudi Police in Dubai.
Additional Solicitor General Gaurab
Banerjee also submitted to the bench of justices K.S. Radhakrishnan
and J.S. Khehar, a copy of the "red corner notice (RCN)"
which was issued through Interpol and carried a warning, that Fasih
"may be armed, dangerous and violent."
The notice stated that 30-year old
Fasih, a resident of Bihar's Darbhanga district, was a member of
the IM and responsible for the Pune German Bakery blast on February
13, 2010; Bangalore Chinnaswami Stadium blasts on April 17, 2010
and Delhi's Jama Masjid shootout and blast on September 19, 2010.
During the course of investigation,
7 persons were arrested and interrogated. They voluntarily confessed
that they along with Fasih Mehmood and other absconders belong to
the banned outfit called IM. The absconding accused Fasih Mehmood
is an active member of IM since 2003. At present the absconding
accused is hiding himself in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It was submitted that several cases
under various IPC sections like 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121
(waging or attempting to wage war against India), besides various
provisions of the Explosives Substances Act and Prevention of Damage
to Public Property Act have been lodged against Fasih.
Further, the centre told the Supreme
Court that its agencies had no role in alleged arrest of Fasih Mehmood
on May 13, 2012.
Responding to the court's notice,
Gaurab Banerjee told a bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J
S Khehar that its investigating agencies neither accompanied Saudi
Arabian Police in effecting the alleged arrest nor had he been brought
Banerjee said "The external
affairs secretary and the home secretary have conveyed that neither
Indian agencies nor its officials were part of any alleged action
to arrest Fasih in Saudi Arabia. It is not correct to say that Indian
police arrested him. He is not in India”.
The Maharashtra ATS claimed that
it was aware of the whereabouts of a 13/7 accused, Muzaffar Kola,
listed as wanted in the case charge sheet. He has not been arrested
so far owing to his medical condition. Muzzafar Kola, owner of the
Dubai based company Muzzafar Kola Enterprises, was in Bhatkal, Maharashtra,
even as the ATS charge sheet listed him as a wanted accused.
ATS chief Rakesh Maria said, “We
have given it in the charge sheet. We know he is in Bhatkal. He
has undergone surgeries. Because of his medical condition we have
not arrested him. What's the point of arresting him when he would
be in the hospital instead of jail? We have said in the charge sheet
that his passport has been confiscated so that he does not move
out of the country.”
June 5: Investigators probing the
13/7 triple blasts have learnt that Delhi-based hawala operator
Kanwalnayan Pathrija not only transferred funds for the bombings,
but also used three SIM cards obtained on fake documents. The SIM
cards were from a set of cards provided to operatives of IM.
According to the chargesheet filed
by the ATS, suspected Pakistani bombers Waqqas Shaikh and Tabrez
alias Danish, arrested accused Naquee Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar
and wanted accused Tehseen Shaikh and Muzaffar Kola had used SIM
cards which were obtained using forged documents. "Pathrija
(42) used three such SIM cards," said an ATS officer. "We
have obtained the call detail records of these SIMs."
The ATS chargesheet in the 13/7
case also mentions that the DNA of a woman was found in Byculla's
Habib Mansion, the building where the suspected bombers stayed.
"We had sent several seized items to the state forensic science
laboratory for analysis. The forensic reports state that one of
the three toothbrushes seized by the police from the room contains
a woman's DNA," said an ATS officer. "It is likely that
a family stayed in the room before the bombers rented it. Our probe
has not reaveled the involvement of a woman, but we are probing
all angles," the officer added.
Investigations into the 13/7 Mumbai
serial blasts has led government agencies to Haryana’s Mewat District,
known as the birthplace of the Tabhligi Jamaat religious movement.
It is learnt that some of the most wanted terrorists in the country
have used the District, as a safe haven or a transit point.
During the interrogation, arrested
IM operatives have disclosed that top IM terrorists Riyaz Bhatkal
and Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik had stayed at Mewat to escape
arrest. Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa, alias Yasin Bhatkal, too,
has narrowed down on the District, Police sources said.
Yasin had stayed in Mewat after
his cover in Darbhanga (Bihar) and Delhi was busted by the Delhi
Police special cell along with the IB, added police sources. Mewat
has been the place where most top IM terrorists have sought refuge
after they conducted the blasts at Varanasi in 2006, and Jaipur
and Delhi in 2008.
Police sources further said Riyaz’s
presence was last reported in 2008, after which he crossed over
to Pakistan. Apart from the district’s proximity to the Capital,
the area is on National Highway No 71-B and provides connectivity
to West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Investigations revealed that the
IM operatives had used social networking websites, and that's how
they managed to stay under the investigators' radar. The investigators
also found that some IM operatives were trying to conduct recruitments
through their Facebook accounts.
The IM has been quick in the use
of technology when it came to planning and executing their operations.
They started out with the use of email, then moved on to chats and
later Skype, a video conferencing application.
June 4: The Maharashtra ATS has
claimed that the funds received by IM operative Yasin Bhatkal from
Dubai through the hawala channel were used to send recruits
to Pakistan to receive terror training. Apart from being used in
the 13/7 blasts, the funds were also used to pay the deposit for
the Habib Mansion flat in Mumbai.
The ATS, in its chargesheet, said,
“During the course of investigation it has transpired that Yasin
Bhatkal has utilised the money received by him through hawala for
paying the deposit of the rental room in Mumbai and other places.
The funds were also distributed to other members for the purpose
of causing terrorist acts and sending Muslim youths to Pakistan
for terror training”.
Until now, the investigators had
claimed that only Bhatkal, alias Shivanand, was in touch
with arrested Delhi-based hawala operator Kawalnayan Pathreja.
However, investigations have now revealed that Wakas Shaikh, one
of the planters in the case, was also in touch with Pathreja. “We
had seized two broken mobile phones and two pocket diaries from
Pathreja’s residence, but one of the diaries contained a page of
the month of July wherein the name of Wakas Shaikh was written by
Pathreja. This means Wakas was in touch with him and some dealing
had taken place in the month of July between them,” said the officer.
Further, Investigations revealed
that suspected Pakistani bomber Waqqas (Wakas Shaikh) had helped
his co-accused steal two Activa scooters from Grant Road and V P
Road areas a day before the explosions.
Last week, the ATS arrested Naqi
Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar for stealing two bikes and two Activa scooters.
In its chargesheet, the ATS said that Waqqas had accompanied Ahmed
and Akhtar when they went to steal the vehicles.
According to sources, Waqqas had
joined a gym in Byculla and went there regularly to work out. "He
stayed in a rented room in Habib Mansion in Byculla for almost nine
months with the other suspected Pakistani bomber, Tabrez. Waqqas
also participated in assembling of the bomb in the rented room.
On the day of the blasts, Waqqas and Tabrez went to Opera House
on one of the stolen scooters around 1.30pm and the former planted
the bomb there near a hawker. The bomb was not fitted into this
scooter," said a source.
June 2: The Lucknow bench of the
Allahabad High Court has ordered an inquiry into lapses in security
of three judges who delivered the verdict on the title suite of
the Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, in September 2010. The court has also
directed the Central government and governments of Uttar Pradesh
(UP) and Uttrakhand to take immediate steps to provide adequate
security to the judges. The three judges who delivered the Ayodhya
verdict are Justice Sudhir Agarwal, Justice SU Khan and Justice
The court issued order after UP
ATS informed court that activists associated with the SIMI may attack
the three Judges. In the statement submitted before the court by
Rajiv Sabarwal, DIG, ATS, submitted that during the course of investigation,
even in the months of March and April, 2012, it was found that the
judges who decided Ram Janam Bhoomi case are still under continuous
threat and the SIMI activists are in process to constitute a fresh
module to assault the Judges. The statement given by Sabarwal also
revealed that imminent threat to the life of the judges.
May 31: The Interpol issued a red-corner
notice, an international arrest warrant, against Fasih Mehmood (28),
an engineer from Bihar who is wanted for his alleged involvement
in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Karnataka and the explosion
outside Jamia Masjid in Delhi, in 2010.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
denied reports that Mehmood had been detained by Indian intelligence
agencies and said such media reports were "completely wrong".
May 28: Terror suspects and IM operatives
Naquee Ahmed and Nadeem Shaikh were arrested for stealing two motorcycles
from VP Road and Dongri areas of Mumbai days before the 13/7 bomb
A magisterial court in Pune (Maharashtra),
granted permission to the state ATS to conduct an identification
parade of IM operative Qateel Siddiqui (27) of Bihar. Siddiqui has
been accused for attempting to plant a bomb near the Shrimant Dagdusheth
Halwai Ganpati temple in Pune on February 13, 2010.
Madhya Pradesh ATS has issued notices
to five major telecom companies asking "why they should not be charged
under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for
providing SIM cards to the suspected terrorists without proper verification
Credible information available with
Indian intelligence agencies suggests that Pakistan's intelligence
agency, the ISI, has directed the IM to launch a fresh spate of
high value terror attacks in the country.
Intelligence inputs also suggest
that the ISI is using Bhatkal brothers, Riyaz and Iqbal, who in
turn have directed Yaseen Bhatkal, the India chief of IM, to carry
out this operation.
Mohammed Kafeel Ansari, suspected
to be the close associate of elusive IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal and
also the accused in 13/7 serial blasts case, was remanded in Maharashtra
ATS custody till June 8 by a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime
Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai.
Judicial magistrate first class
A.G. Santani, granted permission to Maharashtra ATS to conceal names
of witnesses in the case in which IM operative Qateel Siddiqui (27)
of Bihar was arrested for allegedly making a bid to plant a bomb
near the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple in Pune on February
May 28: Among the 641 witnesses
listed by the ATS in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
triple blasts case chargesheet, at least eight men who were working
in the Sakhli Street Byculla workshop of accused Naquee Ahmed's
brother Rafi Ahmed at that time claim to have spotted the two accused,
Naquee and Nadeem Akhtar, meet and interact with one Imran and two
others in February 2011. The Police believe that Imran is an alias
used by the main conspirator of the blasts, Indian Mujahideen (IM)
leader, Yasin Bhatkal.
Another witness included in the
chargesheet is a key maker who allegedly made duplicate keys for
two bikes. The ATS has said that of the four bikes stolen by Naquee
and Nadeem, two were used to plant bombs at Opera House and Zaveri
Bazaar. The police have recovered the duplicate keys. In his statement,
the key maker said that two young men came to his shop in the first
week of July 2011 and one of them asked him to make duplicate keys
on urgent basis for a Honda Activa and a Unicorn Motorbike.
May 27: The link between underworld
and IM has surfaced with Maharashtra ATS naming Dubai-based Muzaffar
Kola, an associate of jailed 1993 serial blasts accused Mustaffa
Dossa, as a wanted accused in 13/7 blasts case.
ATS sources said, "Kola has been
associated with Dossa and his absconding brother Mohammed Dossa.
On Kola's instructions, hawala [illegal money transfer] operator
Kanwar Pathrija (arrested in the 13/7 blasts case) allegedly handed
over Rs. ten lakh [INR 1 million] to one Shivanand, who later turned
out to be Yasin Bhatkal". "With this link, we now cannot rule out
underworld help in this terror attack," the source added.
May 25: The chargesheet filed by
the ATS before a special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime
Act Court on May 25, states that the serial bombings that hit Mumbai
(Maharashtra) on July 13, 2012 (13/7) were planned and coordinated
by IM leaders from Pakistan.
The nearly 4,800-pages-long document
names at least 10 accused and says that the objectives behind the
bombings at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar were to "create
instability in the state" and to "weaken the country's economy".
The chargesheet says that "the entire
criminal conspiracy was hatched by Riyaz Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal
of IM. The banned terrorist group, it adds, was created by Pakistani
spy agency ISI "to spread terror in this country". Riyaz and his
brother Iqbal Bhatkal "operate from Pakistan with the help of their
associates based in India by imparting instructions to them" via
electronic means through Yasin. Riyaz and Yasin are two of the wanted
accused named in the chargesheet. Among the remaining wanted accused
are two suspected Pakistani nationals identified as Waqqas Ibrahim
Shaikh and Danish alias Tabrez, Shaikh Mohammadd Tahsin Akhtar,
currently believed to be on the run in Andhra Pradesh; and an Indian-born
hawala operator based in Dubai named Muzzafar Kola.
Apart from the above mentioned named,
the 10 names in the chargesheet also include Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem
Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik who are facing trial under
the stringent Maharashtra MCOCA, the IPC and other laws.
India and Pakistan pledged to fight
terrorism together, calling it "a continuing threat to peace and
security". The Indian side had also demanded the handing over of
fugitives allegedly sheltering in Pakistan, including terrorist
Dawood Ibrahim and several IM leaders.
May 23: A 324-page chargesheet has
been filed in a Delhi court, listing IM's plans in India. The chargsheet
have been filed against 11 IM operatives- Mohammad Irshad Khan,
Asadullah Rehman, Mohammad Adil, Bashir Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad
Kafil, Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui, Gauhar Aziz Khomani, Gayur Ahmed
Jamali, Mohammad Aftab Alam and Tariq Anjum Hasan.
The chargesheet mentions that IM
leaders Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan (based in
Karachi, Pakistan) came to Delhi after the 2008 Batla House encounter
and held a meeting in Shaheen Bagh with its operatives, including
the India chief of the group, Ahmad Zarar Siddi Bappa alias
Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh. The meeting took up the revival
strategy for the organization.
The first objective states, "the
aim of their tanzeem (group/organization) is to carry out
bomb blasts and shootouts in India to take revenge against the atrocities
being meted out to the Muslim communities by the kafirs and spread
the message of jihad". The second objective "of tanzeem is to implement
the Islamic law in India" and, lastly, it wants "to weaken the Indian
economy by way of circulation of fake currency and discouraging
foreign investment through violence".
Police claim the Shaheen Bagh meeting
was held at Tarique's house. Following the meeting, IM operatives
opened the Meer Vihar (Delhi) arms factory on the premises of Irshad
Khan on the direction of absconding Yasin Bhatkal, the IM chief
May 21: IM operative, Mohammad Qateel
Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui, has reportedly revealed information about
the hideouts in Bihar where IM 'operational head' Yasin Bhatkal
and he used to go after committing crimes.
Police have claimed to have stumbled
on to a hawala network which the IM had used to park money in India
and carry its 2010 terror attacks.
May 17: The District court in Bhopal
has framed charges against four alleged cadre of SIMI for indulging
in anti-national activities.
Police is suspecting that Faseeh
Mahmood was the treasurer of IM and was responsible for wiring money
into bank accounts in India. He also used to spot potential operatives
and remunerate them according to their capability.
May 16: IM operative Mohammed Tariq
Anjum reportedly told interrogators that the IM had carried out
the twin bombings in the city to avenge the May 18, 2007, Mecca
Masjid bomb explosion. Sources said that Anjum has given some vital
leads about 'most wanted' IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal.
Investigators believe that Faseeh
Mehmood, an engineer from Bihar who was arrested by the Saudi Arabian
Police, is the IM's original link to Bihar.
May 14: Shakeel, a suspected IM
militant, allegedly involved in motivating youth to join the outfit,
was arrested by the Delhi Police near Lucknow.
May 13: IM operative Faseeh Mehmood,
an engineer from Bihar who was arrested by the Saudi Arabian Police
Investigations into the arrest of
Pune time-bomb planter, IM operative, Qateel Siddqiui, revealed
that he had shared a cab with three other persons while travelling
to Mumbai from Pune with the bomb.
May 11: Maharashtra ATS has claimed
that alleged IM operative Mohammed Qateel Mohammed Jafar Siddiqui
has confessed that he conducted a recce of the Dagdusheth Halwai
Ganpati Temple in Pune and showed the places he visited, and the
spot where he unsuccessfully tried to place a bomb.
Judicial Magistrate (first class)
S.S. Bose granted Police custody to Siddiqui till May 21.
ATS told a magistrate court that
they have identified the flower vendor at Dagdusheth Ganpati temple
who refused Siddiqui to keep the bag carrying bomb on the day of
German Bakery bomb blast.
May 10: Mohammad Khafeel Akhtar
alias Khafeel, the suspected IM operative has been remanded
in Police custody till May 22.
May 9: Maharashtra ATS officers
found out that Yasin Bhatkal, who heads IM, invested INR 1.4 million
in the under-construction Poonam Paradise in Nalla Sopara (east)
of Thane District in Maharashtra in 2010.
May 8: NIA moved a trial court in
Delhi seeking to interrogate six of the eight alleged IM suspects,
arrested recently by Delhi Police in connection with the May 25,
2011, Delhi High Court blast.
May 6: ATS arrested a SIMI cadre,
identified as Anwar Hussain (40), from Indore (Madhya Pradesh).
Interrogation of the arrested 13/7
bomb blasts suspects has revealed that the two Pakistanis militants
who are involved in the attacks along with IM militant, Yasin Bhatkal,
had been using stolen cellphones to mislead the Police.
A joint team of the Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka Police arrested Kafeel Akhtar from Keoti in Darbhanga,
in connection with the April 17, 2010, blasts outside Bangalore's
May 3: A Pune court granted eight
days' Police custody to IM militant Mohammad Quateel alias
Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui.
NIA informed the tribunal handling
matters related to the ban on SIMI that the outfit is still actively
present in Kerala.
May 2: The Maharashtra ATS has found
traces of RDX along with other explosives in a flat in Habib building
at Byculla in Mumbai, where IM militants suspected to have been
involved in the July 13, 2011 Mumbai blasts (also known as 13/7)
Tiger Hanif, an associate of Dawood
Ibrahim, wanted by Gujarat Police for a bomb attack on a train in
1993, and absconding in Britain, was ordered by the Westminster
magistrates' court in London (UK) to be extradited to India.
Commenting on the issue of delay
in implementing the death sentence of 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra)
attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram,
said in Parliament that Kasab needs a fair trial.
May 1 : Delhi court gave the ATS
of Pune (Maharashtra) the custody remand of IM militant Mohammad
Qateel Siddiqui (27) to interrogate him for his alleged role in
the German Bakery bomb blast (February 13, 2010) in Pune.
The court also allowed the plea
of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) ATS for a month's custodial remand
of another IM militant, Mohammed Tariq Anjum (31). He is said to
be a member of banned SIMI.
Taqi Ahmed, a key suspect in the
13/7 serial blasts case, is believed to have told investigators
that his first contact with IM militants happened at a cricket ground
in Darbhanga in Bihar during a local match in the summer of 2009.
April 30: The MHA named Maharashtra
based Khair-e-Ummat Trust as one of the fronts/pseudonymous organisations
of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The MHA's "background
note on the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)," mentions
four more organisations as being SIMI 'fronts' at the national level
Tahreek-e-Ehyaa-e-Ummat (TEU), Tehreek-Talaba-e-Arabia (TTA), Tahrik
Tahaffuz-e-Shaaire Islam (TTSI) and Wahdat-e-Islami. The MHA has
not banned these groups.
April 29: Kerala Government wants
the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to continue
in the context of its continued presence in the State despite the
ban. The report prepared by the Internal Security Wing to be submitted
to the tribunal handling matters related with SIMI, headed by Justice
V.K. Shali, says that though the Police had not come across incidents
of secret meetings or training camps as had happened before 2008,
several raids had yielded pamphlets and other materials.
State Power Minister Aryadan Muhammad,
said that operatives of extremist organisations had been infiltrating
into certain mainstream political parties. "These are very dangerous
organisations," he said. He further commented, "I can name these
organisations. They are the NDF (presently Popular Front of India),
SDPI… then SIMI… Most of these organisations come under the Jama'at-e-Islami,"
According to intelligence agencies,
the preliminary plans of most of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror
attacks carried out in Indian cities in 2008 were prepared at the
SIMI camp held at Panayikkulam near Kochi (Kerala) on August 15,
2006. SIMI had also held a training camp at Vagamon hill resorts
in Idukki District in December 2007 in preparation for terror strikes.
April 28: A joint Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS) team comprising of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Police
arrested a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadre, identified
as Anwar Hazi (40), in Indore Anwar was a close associate of Abrar,
who is in custody in Aurangabad (Maharashtra), the Police said.
April 2: Three suspected activists
of SIMI, identified as Abu Faisal alias Doctor, local module
chief, Ejajuddin and Ikrar Sheikh alias Guddu, were presented
for identification by Bhopal Police at an Indore Court in Madhya
Pradesh in connection with their arrest in 2006 at hotel Vaadi in
Chhoti Gwaltoli Police Station area.
Pune Police has served notices on
cadres of the SIMI in Maharashtra, following a notification issued
by the UAPA at New Delhi declaring SIMI as an unlawful association.
March 30: Maharashtra Home Minister
R. R. Patil told the State Assembly that IM terrorists had conducted
a trial run at the Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in
Pune three days prior to the German Bakery blast (February 13, 2010).
March 27: An IM operative from the
Bihar module, Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash was arrested
from his Karawal Nagar hideout in northeast Delhi. Dilkash had recently
come to the city to re-establish the IM base and plot terror attacks.
Maharashtra ATS arrested two suspected
SIMI cadres from Chikhli area of Buldhana District. The ATS team
arrested Akil Ahmad Mohm Yusuf Khilji and Mohd Zafar Hussain, both
residents of Khandwa, MP.
The terror module was attempting
to set up bases in Aurangabad, Jalna and Buldhana Districts of Maharashtra
and recruit people in the State. They were also planning to assassinate
some prominent Hindu leaders in Maharashtra.
The arrest of 2008 Ahmadabad serial
blasts accused Mohammad Abrar Babu Khan by ATS on March 26 is being
viewed as a significant development by Central intelligence agencies
with officials claiming that the dreaded terrorist was controlling
the entire network of IM and banned SIMI in western and central
March 26: A suspected SIMI cadre
was killed while two of his accomplices - one of whom is said to
be involved in the July 26, 2008, serial blasts in Ahmadabad - were
arrested after a gun battle with the ATS in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
The slain suspect has been identified as Khalil Akhil Khilji while
those arrested are Abrar Babukhan alias Munna and Mohammad
March 23: Maharashtra ATS claimed
to have information on two persons suspected to have played a role
in the triple blasts in Mumbai on July 13 last year. The two suspects
were identified around the second week of March.
March 22: Maharashtra ATS told the
court that one of the four arrested - Nadeem Shaikh - for 13/7 blasts
had confessed and that his statement has been recorded before a
magistrate. The four arrested - Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar
Pathrija and Haroon Naik - were produced before the Mazgaon metropolitan
court and sent to judicial custody till April 4.
A joint team comprising personnel
from the ATS, Bangalore, and Delhi Special Police searched Bhatkal
town (Karnataka) to identify the house which is presumably laden
with huge quantities of explosive material including RDX, with help
from four terror suspects. The explosives from the Bhatkal dump
are believed to have been used in the blasts at Chinnaswamy Stadium
in 2010 and the Delhi High Court blast in September last year, besides
several other strikes across the country carried by IM.
March 14: SIMI leader Habib Falahi
was produced before NIA Special Court in Kochi and was included
as accused 32 in the Wagamon SIMI training camp case. After ascertaining
the role of Habib Falahi, NIA is now on the lookout for another
Uttar Pradesh-based SIMI leader Fariz who attended this camp.
March 9: Two militants of IM, Haroon
Naik and hawala operator Kanwar Nain Wazeer Chand Patrija
who were behind bars for Opera House (Mumbai) blast (13/7) case
were remanded in ATS custody by a local court in connection with
the Dadar explosion that took place on the same day.
March 7: Andhra Pradesh State Intelligence
Officials claimed that several members of the banned SIMI have joined
PFI and that it was this controversial organization that was behind
some recent communal disturbances in the state of Andhra Pradesh
including 2011 Adoni riots.
March 6: Delhi Police revealed it
has identified four more militants of Indian Mujahideen (IM) who
are currently hiding in Bihar.
March 2: Mazgaon Court in Mumbai
extended the Police custody of Haroon Naik and Kanwal Nain Patrija,
alleged operatives of IM, arrested for their role in the 13/7 bomb
blasts, till 9th March.
Kerala Government submitted before
the Kerala High Court that Susan Nathan- a British-born Jewish writer-
has close connections with some extremists in the State, including
the SIMI and NDF and should be deported.
February 26: NIA claimed to have
got some leads to suggest that the low intensity blast outside Delhi
High Court on May 25, 2011 was a handiwork of the banned terror
February 24: Arrested IM militant
Mohammad Kafeel Ahmed has disclosed that he was one of the main
conspirators behind the blasts orchestrated by IM's boss in India,
Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh. Kafeel also gave information
about more active IM members in Bihar.
Maharashtra ATS, which is probing
the July 13 Mumbai triple blasts case obtained the custody of Haroon
Naik and Kanwar Pathrija till March 2 in connection with the blast
at Zaveri Bazaar.
February 23: Interrogation of IM
militant Mohammed Kafeel Ahmed has confirmed that the vast network
of banned outfit SIMI is now being used by IM.
February 22: Arrested IM man Mohd.
Kafeel Ahmed was brought to Delhi and produced in the court of Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate at Tees Hazari court. Kafeel was a close
aide of Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh and a chief recruiter
A Delhi court, remanded four of
the nine IM members, arrested for their suspected roles in various
terror cases across the country, to the Karnataka Police custody
to ascertain their roles in the April 2010 Chinnaswami Stadium blast
Former national chief of SIMI, Muneer
Deshmukh, who was arrested in Bhopal in November 2010 and is on
bail since July 14 last year, is suspected to have stashed US Dollars
50,000 in US accounts.
February 21: A top IM militant (organization
ideologue) Mohammad Kafeel Ahmed was arrested from Darbhanga in
Bihar by the Delhi Police. He was a messenger and also the main
recruiter for the IM.
February 10: Investigating agencies
are probing the role of IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh's
role in the 2010 blast at the Dasashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.
February 7: ATS has found out that
Haroon Naik, arrested on February 1 for 13/7 Mumbai blasts, had
met LeT operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and was present at
an "inspirational" lecture by slain al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden
in Pakistan just a month before the 9/11 attack.
IM ideologue Talha Abdali alias
Bashir Hasan alias Israr and popularly known as Masterji
among its cadres, was a close associate of Safdar Nagori ,during
interrogation has revealed that he had been associated with militant
outfits for a long time and knew about the blasts carried out by
IM since 2007.
February 5: Delhi Police's special
team investigating the IM terror cell arrested a key ideologue and
founding member of the group, identified as Talha Abdali alias
Israr, from Barabanki.
February 3: An alleged founding
member of IM, Mohammad Tariq Anjuman Ehsan, was arrested by the
Delhi Police at Nalanda. According to Police sources, Tariq (31)
is an IM ideologue and is suspected of being involved in a number
of blasts, including Jama Masjid in Delhi.
February 2: One more accused in
the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts has been taken into custody. Saleem
(30) is a close associate of Tadiyandavide Nasir and stayed in Kannur,
Kerala. Nasir is the prime accused in the nine blasts that killed
a woman and injured many in July 2008. He is also the South Indian
commander of the IM.
The Union Government has decided
to continue the ban imposed on SIMI. The ban has been extended in
light of SIMI's alleged links with certain Pakistan-based terrorist
outfits including LeT and its front, Indian Mujahideen.
February 1: Haroon Rashid Naik (33),
a Mumbra (a Mumbai suburb) resident, was arrested by the ATS in
the 13/7 triple blasts case. He is the fourth man to be arrested
in the case for facilitating the hawala racket from where Mumbai
blasts were funded.
January 31: Maharashtra ATS and
Delhi Police's Special Cell have arrested a Delhi-based hawala operator,
Kanwar Nain Pathrija, in Delhi for arranging funds for the 13/7
January 29: Habib alias Habibfalahi
Shaikh (25), an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blast and Surat
bomb planting cases, was arrested by the Ahmadabad city Police.
The NIA informed that Muhammed Shameer,
a native of Kannur in Kerala, who was arrested in Delhi, in connection
with the 2008 Bangalore Blast case, on January 25 was a vital link
for the inflow of money for terrorist purposes.
The NIA has undertaken two major
FICNs cases in the State, after some Pakistan links were established
in both the cases.
January 26: New Delhi airport immigration
officials have arrested a terror suspect linked to the July 25,
2008 Bangalore (Karnataka) blasts as he was trying to fly out of
A Police source said Sameer is the
24th accused arrested in the Bangalore serial blasts.
prior to executing the 13/7 blasts
in Mumbai, IM operatives Yasin Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal bargained
extensively on the amount to be spent to execute the terror attack.
Though Yasin demanded INR 1.7 million to bomb three places in Mumbai,
he was paid only INR 1.2 million by IM leaders, investigations have
Maharashtra ATS revealed that the
hawala money to fund the attacks was routed through UAE.
January 24: Maharashtra ATS chief
Rakesh Maria said that the IM first recruited youths from Cheetah
Camp in Trombay (Maharashtra), then Kondwa in Pune (Maharashtra),
then Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and now Darbhanga in Bihar.
The investigations into the bogus
SIM cards racket led the Police to the accused in the July 13, 2011
Mumbai triple blast case (also known as 13/7).
The ATS recovered 400 documents
provided by Tikole through which prepaid SIM cards were bought by
the IM module members.
Eight persons have been arrested
by the ATS in the 13/7 case so far.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh
said that Bihar man held by the Maharashtra Police on the charge
of playing a key role in organising the 13/7 attack was a Delhi
Police and Intelligence Bureau informant.
As reported earlier, the Maharashtra
ATS has said it has held three men involved in planning and executing
the 13/7 attack - one of them a witness, who had cooperated with
the Delhi Police and the IB in the search for two Pakistani nationals
who allegedly planted the explosive devices.
January 23: Maharashtra ATS claimed
to have made a major breakthrough in the triple Mumbai blasts July
13, 2011 that claimed 27 lives, with the arrest of two of the accused
hailing from Bihar.
Yasin Bhatkal, the mastermind of
the 13/7 Mumbai blasts, might have succeeded in evading the Police,
but he remains in India, officials of the Maharashtra.
January 19: Investigators probing
the IM Bihar module, part of which was busted by the special team
of Delhi Police in 2011, has found that the chief of IM operations
in India, Yasin, had been making frequent trips to several areas
of Bihar towards the beginning of this decade for recruitment to
the terror cause.
Sources have also confirmed that
at least two members of the present module were present near L-11,
Batla House, the encounter site on September 13, 2008, though till
then they had no knowledge of the exact role played by the Azamgarh
module. "We believe that these men were not part of any bombings
prior to 2010, but we have evidence which suggest that they assembled
as early as December 2008 and decided to take forward the IM agenda,''
said a source.
Investigators had believed that
the Bihar module had only become active after the Azamgarh (Uttar
Pradesh) module, operating under Atif Ameen, was busted in the Batla
House encounter in September 2008.
Counter-terrorism agencies have
narrowed down on the terror-financing module that is operating out
of New Delhi, and is believed to have aided IM operatives in executing
the July 13 triple blasts in Mumbai and the Delhi blast.
Police officials revealed that during
their stay at Habib Mansion, right behind the Byculla Police Station,
IM operative Yasin Bhatkal and Pakistanis Tabrez and Bakas had reconnoitered
several vital installations in the city.
January 16: three men who planned
and executed serial blasts in Mumbai and Delhi High Court blast
in 2011, were holed up in an apartment in Byculla, not more than
15 minutes' walk from the Anti-Terrorist Squad's Nagpada headquarters,
till just a few weeks ago.
January 15: IM militants Salman
alias Chotu and Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu have allegedly
confessed to the Bangalore Police that they had got explosives for
the 2008 Delhi serial blasts from Udupi, a coastal town in Karnataka.
In their confessional statement,
they allegedly told the Bangalore anti-terrorism cell that their
associates Mohammed Saif (now in jail) and Khalid (absconding) went
to Udupi on August 31, 2008, and brought the explosives to Delhi
on September 3, 2008. The Delhi blasts took place on September1
January 6: There is fresh input
that the IM in alliance with the ISI, is likely to carry out attacks
like 13/7 in Mumbai. BARC, DRDO organizations, defence establishments
like Mazgoan dock, naval dockyard, ONGC at Uran plant, economic
institutions, aviation sector, oil and power sectors etc are vulnerable,
the inputs states.
As opposed to 18 people, a majority
of whom belonged to banned outfits were arrested in 2010, 25 full-blown
terrorists were arrested in 2011. A special team of Delhi Police
scanned the length and breadth of the country to bring the IM to
its knees in a blitzkrieg operation.
January 2: Four IM operatives recently
arrested by Delhi Police have reportedly confessed that three of
them were involved in planting bombs at the Chinnaswamy stadium
in Bangalore during an IPL match in 2010. An unnamed senior Police
official of the anti-terrorist cell said Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui
(27), Ghayur Ahmed Jamali (21) and Aftab Alam Farooq (27) planted
bombs on April 18, 2010.
Investigators have said that the
IM module led by Yasin Bhatkal may have also been involved in the
serial blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. Mohammed Ahmed Sidibapa
alias Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, who led the IM
module, may have been in Mumbai during the blasts, investigators
As reported earlier, in a nationwide
investigation, Police Forces, supported by intelligence agencies,
had arrested seven IM members. Yasin managed to escape.
The Ahmadabad city crime branch
officials believe that Habib Phalai alias Taiyab, arrested
in Uttar Pradesh on December 28 in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case,
may be connected to the other accused from Azamgarh involved in
various serial blasts across India.
December 28: The UP ATS in coordination
with Ahmadabad Crime branch team arrested an alleged SIMI operative
wanted in 2008 Ahmadabad blast case.
December 25: Ahmad Siddi Bappa alias
Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, is recruiting youths for IM, motivating
them on religious grounds and also cash incentives, according to
December 21 :December Government
gave its sanction to the NIA to charge sheet nine persons, including
two serving ISI officers, Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali, Pakistani-American
LeT operative David Coleman Headley, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, al
Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri, for plotting terror strikes in India,
including the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
Delhi Police told a Delhi court
that six of the seven IM operatives arrested in November have confessed
about their involvement in the September 2010 blast near Jama Masjid.
The police made this submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
Vinod Yadav while seeking extension of their custody for further
interrogation to gather evidence of their involvement in the blast.
December 20: the Centre said a terror
module busted in Delhi recently had links with Pakistan-based terrorist
group LeT. This IM module was suspected to be involved in February
13, 2010 Pune German bakery blast (in Maharashtra), blast in Chinnaswamy
Stadium in Bangalore (in Karnataka) on April 17, 2010 and shoot
out at the Jama Masjid (New Delhi) on September 19, 2010.
Union Minister of State for Home
Jitendra Singh said, "factory manufacturing arms and ammunition
being run by the IM in New Delhi was unearthed recently". However,
he did not specify the details about where the factory was located
in the national capital.
The Centre said a terror module
busted in Delhi recently had links with the LeT.
December 18: Police have intensified
the hunt for IM sleeper cells in Tumkur District of Karnataka after
revelations of the arrested IM operatives in Delhi (Mohammed Qateel
Siddiqi, Gayur Ahmed Jamali and Farooq) that those involved in the
April 17, 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Bangaluru had taken
shelter in Tumkur. Police sources in addition said that IM had executed
the terror attack with the help of locals and students.
December 15: A Delhi Court extended
the Police custody of seven suspected IM militants who have been
arrested for their alleged role in blasts across the country by
six days. The seven arrested accused are Mohammed Qatil Siddqui,
Gohar Aziz Khumani, Mohammed Adil, Abdur Rehman, Mohammed Irshad,
Gayur Ahmed Jamali and Aftab Alam.
December 14: It has also been revealed
that chief of IM, Siddi Bappa alias Shahrukh, had instructed all
module members to use different SIM cards for calling each other
and he himself carried several phones with different connections.
December 9: Unearthing more anti-national
links by the SIMI operatives, the NIA has zeroed in on the plans
by an accused in the Vagamon SIMI camp case with other anti-national
activities. Danish Riyaz, an operative of the IM and SIMI operative
who is also the 34th accused in the Vagamon SIMI camp case, has
been involved in a conspiracy to attack the judges of the Allahabad
High Court who pronounced the verdict in the Ayodhya case.
Interrogation of six suspected IM
operatives, arrested recently for their alleged role in various
terror attacks across India, reveals that Pune's [Maharashtra] famous
Dagdusheth Halwai was also on their radar. It is also revealed that
the agenda of the refurbished Indian Mujahideen is targetting religious
places, voicing the concerns of Pakistan and large-scale destruction.
December 8: investigating agencies
have learnt from the arrested IM militants that the terrorists had
been converting the Udupi town, so far known for its religious places,
into a hub of explosives manufacture.
A Delhi court remanded suspected
IM operative, Aftab Alam alias Farooq, a Pakistai, arrested from
Bihar on December 6 for his alleged role in various blasts across
the country, to seven days' police custody. The police sought his
custody, saying he needs to be thoroughly interrogated to track
his terror network and arrest his other accomplices.
December 5: IB personnel and Bihar
Police arrested a suspected IM terrorist of the module led by Yasin
Bhatkal alias Ahmed Siddi Bappa alias Imran from Purnia in Bihar.
Radicalised in Salafi mosques of north Bihar, Farooq along with
Bhatkal, Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui and Gayur Ahmad Jamal were the
four persons directly involved in 2010 Chinnaswamy stadium bombing
in Bangalore. While Farooq and Bhatkal planned the bombing in Tumkur
in Karnataka, Siddiqui and Jamal joined them from Delhi and Bihar
via Mumbai to strike on the cricket ground.
Delhi Police sources are saying
that there are at least four more modules each armed with a plan
to wreak havoc in an Indian metro.
Delhi Police produced all six suspected
IM cadres - Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui, Gauhar Aziz Khomani, Gayur
Ahmed Jamali, Mohammed Adil alias Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, and Mohammed
Irshad Khan - in court, from where they were remanded to 10 more
days' Police custody.
December 1: A project, codenamed
'Karachi Project', undertaken by the Pakistani spy agency, ISI to
spread terror in India using local recruits through LeT network
will soon find its place in the charge sheet to be filed by the
NIA against American-Pakistani terrorist David Coleman Headley and
his accomplices, including Pakistani serving and retired Army officials,
in the Mumbai terror attack case (November 26, 2008, aka
November 30: Delhi Police investigators
announced the neutralization of a terrorist cell that they claimed
was responsible for a string of nationwide attacks in the year 2010.
July 22: Indian security agencies
believe that the mastermind of the recent Mumbai blast (July 13,
2011), Abdullah Khan of the IM is hiding in Bangladesh.
July 18: Investigations into the
Mumbai serial blasts (July 13, 2011) were focusing heavily on suspects
in Gujarat, with the Maharashtra ATS reportedly getting major leads
pointing to the involvement of the IM.
July 16: On being alerted by the
Intelligence Bureau, the Bihar Police conducted raids at Barchaundhi
village under Mahuakhali Police station in Kisanganj District and
arrested a suspected cadre of the militant outfit HuJI Times of
India, however, reported that the two arrestees had links with SIMI.
July 5: NIA is exploring the possibility
of taking over investigations into the murder of two college students
in Karnataka (between June 8-12) following the alleged involvement
of members of an organisation known as the Karnataka Forum for Dignity
(KFD), considered to be a new front of the SIMI, in the crime.
June 25: Madhya Pradesh Police arrested
a former cadre of the SIMI at the Cochin International Airport in
Kochi town of Kerala.
June 13: Police arrested 10 cadres
of the banned SIMI from a house in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh.
June 8: According to highly placed
sources in the Indian intelligence agencies, the SIMI and the CPI-Maoist
have recently conducted a secret meeting in Kottayam District of
June 5: The Madhya Pradesh ATS arrested
eight suspected militants belonging to the Indian Mujahideen (IM)
and the banned outfit SIMI in Bhopal.
February 25: A local
court in Mumbai granted four days' transit remand to Mohammed Asad
Siddiqui, a SIMI cadre and an accused in the August 14, 2000 Kanpur
blast case, arrested in a joint operation by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS) and Uttar Pradesh ATS in Mumbai. "He is one of
the nine accused in the Kanpur blast. One Kashmiri accused is under
arrest, another died in an encounter a few years ago. Siddiqui was
around 15 when he committed the crime. He has been on the run since
then. There was an award of Rs. 15,000 declared on him. The court
granted his transit custody till March 2," said an Uttar Pradesh
ATS official. He said that Siddiqui was staying under an assumed
name in the Nalasopara area of Mumbai and ran a web-designing shop.
"He is an active member of SIMI," the official said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against
18 cadres of the banned outfit SIMI, in a Kerala court for allegedly
conspiring to advocate, incite and abet unlawful activities for
secession of Kashmir from India.
The Centre prepared a list of 31 absconding terror suspects, including
19 from the Indian Mujahideen (IM), and asked all the States and
Union Territories to locate and arrest them. The suspects at large
also include 12 members of an outfit called Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul
Muslimeen (JIAM), which is suspected to be a joint front of LeT
Slain Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was
on the hit list of the Islamist militant outfit Indian Mujahideen
Cadres of banned
outfit SIMI are fast regrouping under the banner of Popular Front
of India (PFI), an outfit which has expanded its tentacles to north
after carrying out initial recruitment in South India.
probing the Varanasi blast case suggested the possibility of use
of plastic explosives in the terror attack, Although the experts
are yet to identify the composition of the explosive, a study of
the blast site suggest the possibility of a PETN (pentaerythritol
trinitrate combined with nitroglycerin) being used.
December 8: The
Mumbai Police said that it suspected that Bhatkal brothers, Riaz
and Iqbal, founders of IM, masterminded the explosion in Varanasi
in Uttar Pradesh on December 7. Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal
also said that the blast was planned in Pakistan which sheltered
the suspected militants.
December 7: A
powerful bomb blast in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh killed a two-year-old
girl and injured 35 others. The explosion took place at around 7pm
(IST) at the Shitla Ghat (steps on the sides of the river Ganges)
when ‘Ganga Aarti'(an evening religious ritual on the river side)
was under way. The Indian Mujahideen (IM) reportedly claimed responsibility
for the explosion.
September 23: Investigations into
the email sent by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) hours after the Jama
Masjid firing incident in Delhi on September 18 have revealed that
a second-hand Nokia mobile handset purchased from a shop in Dongri
in south Mumbai was used to send the threat mail. However, the shopkeeper
has no records of the person who bought the handset. Investigators
believe that the terrorist bought a second-hand mobile to reduce
the chances of getting traced.
September 21: Mumbai Police detained
two persons in connection with the bomb blast outside the Jama Masjid
(Mosque) in Delhi. Also, the e-mail purportedly sent by the Indian
Mujahideen outfit was traced to Borivali in Mumbai.
September 20: Two persons have been
detained by the Delhi Police Special Cell for questioning in connection
with the attack on foreign nationals in the Walled City of Delhi.
According to sources, the suspects were picked up from Northeast
Delhi after their antecedents raised suspicion. Preliminary investigations
into the attack on the Taiwanese nationals and the fire in a car
parked near the area Police station indicated to the involvement
of local elements. Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said that
the attack on foreign nationals and the subsequent low-intensity
explosion in the car are being investigated from all possible angles.
He also said that while separate cases have been registered in connection
with the two incidents, circumstantial evidence has indicated that
they are linked. The Police also plan to send teams to various parts
of western Uttar Pradesh in the lookout for leads.
Police have reportedly found that
the e-mail, purportedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen outfit to
an international news broadcaster a few hours after the attack,
was sent from Mumbai. The authenticity of the e-mail''s contents
and its source is being verified.
September 7: A Special tribunal
headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court retained the
ban on the SIMI. The decision came after the tribunal’s countrywide
probe into the alleged affairs of SIMI. It has been reported that
five e-mails, including one threatening e-mail addressed to Times
of India on August 23, 2008 by the militant outfit Indian Mujahideen
(IM) regarding explosions in Gujarat, were treated as clinching
evidences in the investigations
August 4: A one-member
Tribunal, headed by Delhi High Court Judge Sanjiv Khanna, confirmed
the extension of the ban on the SIMI for two more years. The Union
Home Ministry had extended the ban on the outfit for the same period
in February. SIMI has been banned since 2001.With the confirmation
of the extension of the ban, the outfit will remain banned till
February 7, 2012.
July 26: A Special Operations Group
(SOG) team in Vadodra in Gujarat arrested a SIMI cadre for his involvement
in three-year-old incident when a group of protestors had displayed
posters of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Mandvi area.
July 21: Intelligence reports indicates
that Pakistan’s ISI has renewed efforts to set up new sleeper cells
in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country. For the last six months,
the ISI has been trying to create new sleeper cells in the State
to replace those of the SIMI that were neutralised by the Gujarat
Police. Sources in the State intelligence said SIMI’s sleeper cells
had provided key support to the terrorists who had carried out the
bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in 2008. Though Simi is now banned, investigation
into the activities of its suspected members has continued. The
Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad Police, recently arrested
three persons suspected of planning bomb blasts in the city.
July 19: A local court sent arrested
SIMI cadre, identified as Fakraan alias Farkat alias Arshad Jamal,
to Crime Branch’s custody for eight days, reports Indian Express.
July 17-18: Ahmedabad city crime
branch officials arrested a 36-year-old man identified as Farkat
Jamal alias Arshad, who had allegedly supplied illegal firearm to
arrested Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres Hasseb
Raza Saiyad, said crime branch officials. Arshad was arrested by
a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officials, in a joint operation
with Bihar Police, from Chhapra District.
July 17: Ahmedabad
city crime branch officials arrested a 36-year-old man identified
as Farkat Jamal alias Arshad, who had allegedly supplied
illegal firearm to arrested SIMI cadres Hasseb Raza Saiyad, said
crime branch officials, reports Times of India. Arshad was arrested
by a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officials, in a joint operation
with Bihar Police, from Chhapra District. "We brought Arshad to
Ahmedabad on Sunday [July 18]. His name had surfaced during Saiyad's
questioning. Saiyad was found in possession of a country-made revolver
and 17 cartridges. Arshad had supplied the weapon to him. We are
probing his Guajrat footprint and connection with other SIMI members
at the moment," said a senior crime branch official. According to
investigators, Arshad is former state president of SIMI and was
in proximity with a number of senior leaders and operatives. Earlier,
officials had arrested Abu Fakir Siddiqi, 34, and Hasseb Raza Saiyad,
43, both residents of Faridabad Society, Jantanagar, Ramol, on July
11 when they were riding by on a bike.
July 14: The Delhi Police claimed
before a court that the IM had allegedly carried out September 13,
2008 serial blasts in Delhi at the instance of its founder, now
Pakistan-based Amir Raza Khan. The prosecutor claimed the Police
had in its possession emails records, disclosure statements of accused,
besides intelligence inputs, to establish links between LeT and
HuJI with SIMI and IM.
The Judge put off its order for
two weeks on the application of the Bangalore Police seeking custody
of two suspected IM militants Salman and Shahzad on the ground that
the matter at the court in Delhi was at a crucial stage and handing
over their custody would disrupt the proceedings. Bangalore Police
wanted the custody of the duo to investigate their alleged role
in connection with M. Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in April 2010.
July 12: The Ahmedabad Police arrested
two alleged cadres of the SIMI, identified as Hasibraza alias Samim
Firdosarza Saiyed (34) and Abufakir Abdulwali Abuali Siddique (43),
at Prem Darwaza and claimed to have recovered an air gun, a country-made
revolver and live cartridges from them.
June 24: An alleged
absconding SIMI cadre identified as Khalid Naeem was arrested by
the Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police from Bhopal.
June 4: The Union
Government declared the Indian Mujahideen (IM), suspected to be
a shadow outfit of the banned SIMI and Pakistan-based LeT, a terrorist
February 24: The SIMI and the IM
have claimed responsibility for the Pune bomb blast, Police Commissioner
Satyapal Singh said.
February 5: The Union Government
has extended the ban on the SIMI for another two years, beginning
on February 8. The outfit has been facing a ban since September
2001. Sources in the MHA said that the ban on SIMI will now continue
till February 7, 2012.
November 28: A motorcycle-borne
youth suspected to be a SIMI cadre shot dead three persons, including
one ATS personnel, in the Teen Pulia area of Khandwa District of
Madhya Pradesh. The assailant first shot at ATS constable Sitaram
Batham in the Teen Pulia area, city SP S. K. Nashine said.
November 3: Four cadres of the banned
SIMI outfit were arrested near a graveyard in the Madra Tekri locality
of Jabalpur by personnel of the Madhya Pradesh Police.
October 30: Seven persons were arrested
from different parts of the Indore District in Madhya Pradesh over
the last seven days and booked under section 188 of IPC on charges
of providing shelter to five SIMI cadres, Police said. Referring
to the activities of SIMI in the State, Director General of Police
S. K. Rout told reporters that so far Police have arrested 13 top
SIMI leaders and 63 suspected cadres of the group.
October 20: Five SIMI cadres were
arrested from Indore city in Madhya Pradesh. Two of the arrested
cadres, identified as Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammad Yunus, belonged
to Ujjain District, and were wanted by the Police to stand trial
for serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on July 26, 2008.
October 6: Three SIMI cadres, including
its former chief Imran Ansari, were sentenced to two-year
rigorous imprisonment and fined INR 2000 each by a local court in
Madhya Pradesh for spreading religious enmity. Besides Ansari,
the sentence was also awarded to Afzal Abdul Rashid and Shahjad Abdul
Rashid, the prosecution said.
July 21: Two militants of the proscribed
SIMI, identified as Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Rehman and Abdul Ahad,
were arrested from the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra, Police said.
While Abdul Rehman was arrested from Mana village in Akola District
on July 19, Abdul Ahad (68) was arrested in Amaravati District in
the night of July 20. Earlier, the Police had arrested three more
SIMI cadres when they were on their way after attending a meeting
at Mana village in Mutizapur administrative division. "During the
interrogation of the arrested accused, it was revealed that they
wanted to come together on one platform. That's the reason why they
held a meeting in Mana village," District Superintendent of Police,
Pravin Padwal said.
July 20: The Maharashtra Police
arrested four SIMI militants from Mana village in the Akola District.
The cadres were arrested while trying to flee in an Indica car,
before they were intercepted. After receiving an initial tip off
from intelligence inputs, the Police neutralized a secret SIMI meeting,
which was taking place with 35 cadres present at the meeting. However,
the Police managed to arrest only four of them while the others
managed to escape.
June 12: June 12: A militant of
the outlawed SIMI, Abu Bashar, who was implicated by the Gujarat
Police for the July 26, 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts, is reported
to have confessed about the presence of training camps in the coastal
February 27: Two suspected SIMI
cadres, identified as Shibili and Hafeez Hussain, who were arrested
for reportedly attending a secret training camp held by the outfit
in 2007, were remanded to a 15-day judicial custody. About 40 cases
were pending against the duo in various parts of the country, including
in Gujarat, Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Malegaon in
Maharashtra. Nearly 40 SIMI cadres had participated in the camp
for about three days, the Police mentioned, adding that till date,
ten cadres were arrested in this connection.
February 9: A SIMI cadre, identified
as Amil Parvesh, a native of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, who was arrested
by the Kerala Police from Indore in Madhya Pradesh in connection
with his suspected role in the training camp of the outfit held
in the Vagamon hills, was remanded by the Kanjirapally First Class
Magistrate Court in Kottayam to 15 days Police custody.
December 27: A trial court in Jabalpur
in Madhya Pradesh convicted nine cadres of the banned Students Islamic
Movement of India (SIMI) to two years imprisonment and imposed a
fine of INR 500 on each for promoting communal hatred. Police had
arrested them in July 2006 for their alleged links with the SIMI
and booked them under various sections of the India Penal Code,
mostly dealing with treason.
December 20: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS) arrested a SIMI cadre, identified as Amir Talha from
Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, from platform number three at Nagpur
station. One .32mm pistol and five bullets were recovered from his
possession. Talha is the son of Amir Rashidi Madni, who heads an
ulema council in Azamgarh, and is also believed to have been
arrested in connection with SIMI activities in the past. Talha,
who was reportedly in close touch with the Indian Mujahideen (IM)
that executed the serial blasts in New Delhi on September 13, was
produced before a Nagpur court and has been remanded in Police custody
till January 3, 2009.
November 10: Gujrat Police said
that the Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested the main conspirators
of the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts, identified as Qayamuddin
Kapadia, from an unspecified place in Madhya Pradesh. Qayamuddin
Kapadia allegedly planted cycle bombs in the Ahmedabad as well as
bombs in different parts of Surat and was also responsible for purchase
of cycles on which the bombs were planted and kept in different
parts of the city, said Joint Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad
city crime branch, Ashish Bhatia. He was also an expert in using
explosives, and reportedly present during various SIMI terror training
camps in Waghamon in Kerala and Halol near Vadodara and was instrumental
in training the participants.
October 23: An unidentified SIMI
cadre was arrested from the Nagda District of Madhya Pradesh in
connection with the July 26 serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Police said on October 24, reports The Hindu.
October 21: A special squad of the
Thrissur District Police arrested two SIMI cadres from Kodungallur.
The two cadres, identified as Nisar and Asghar, reportedly participated
in a SIMI camp at Panayikulam on August 15, 2006.
October 14: The special investigation
team looking into the case relating to "clandestine meeting of activists
of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)" at Panayikulam
in the Ernakulam District on August 15, 2006, has taken one more
person, Nissar of Idukki, into custody. Nissar was among the 13
persons who were let off after the Police stopped the meeting and
arrested five persons.
October 13: The Supreme Court ruled
that the Union Government's plea against a tribunal's ruling lifting
the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India will be heard
by a larger bench of the Court, even as the ban is to continue.
The bench of Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice Cyriac Joseph referred
the matter to Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan saying the Government's
suit be listed before "an appropriate and larger bench". The bench
also said the ban on SIMI would continue till further orders.
October 6: Kerala Police arrested
two persons for their suspected links with the SIMI. Abdul Hakeem
(22) from Azheekal in Guruvayur and Shameer (29) from Karukapadathu
in Thrissur were arrested on information that the duo attended a
clandestine meeting of SIMI activists at Panayikulam on August 15,
2006. The Police had taken 18 persons into custody. Five of them
were arrested and the others released for lack of evidence. Shibili
and Ansar, who were among those arrested from Panayikulam and later
released on bail, were again arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh
with firearms in their possession. They were produced before the
Paravoor Judicial First Class Magistrate who remanded them to judicial
custody till October 21.
September 27: The Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS) in Nagpur arrested a SIMI cadre in the IODC colony of
Washim. Mohammed Khaleel Mohammed Ismail Chauhan (32) was working
for SIMI since year 2000 and was based in Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh).
He had taken shelter at his younger brother Aqueel Mohammed Ismail
Yusuf Chauhan''s (also a SIMI cadre) place in IODC colony. Police
sources said that Aqueel was involved in spreading communal violence
in small cities. Khaleel has four offences of rioting and forgery
registered against him in Khandwa.
September 25: A SIMI cadre was arrested
in connection with the serial blasts in Bangalore on July 25. Police
said that Mohammad Samee Bagewadi alias Mohammad Samee attended
most of the important camps organised by SIMI at Castle Rock near
Hubli in Karnataka, Vagamon in Kerala and other places and also
underwent training in these camps. Bagewadi, a resident of Bijapur,
was allegedly influenced by SIMI''s ideology, and was closely associated
with its leaders such as Safdar Hussain Nagori, Hafeez Hussain alias
Adnan, Shibly, Tauqeer, Shahbaaz, Abu Bashar and others, Police
September 24: Mumbai Police arrested
five suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen. While Afzal Mutalib
Usmani (32) was arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saddik Shaikh
(31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38), Mohammed Zakir Shaikh (28) and
Mohammed Ansar Shaikh were arrested from their Mumbai residences
on September 23-night. All the accused, originally from Azamgarh
District in Uttar Pradesh, have worked with the banned SIMI, Joint
Commissioner (Crime), Rakesh Maria, told journalists. "They broke
away from SIMI to form the radical group of Indian Mujahideen. Saddik
was one of the co-founders of the outfit along with Atiq, killed
in the Delhi encounter, and Roshan Khan, who is yet to be traced.
The Police are on the lookout for Khan", Maria added. The Police
have booked the arrested terrorists under the Explosives Act, Arms
Act, various sections of the Indian Penal Code and for criminal
conspiracy. The recovered items from the arrested terrorists include
10 kilograms of gelatin or ammonium nitrate, 15 detonators, eight
kilograms of ball bearings, four fully active electronic circuits,
one sub-machine carbine, two .38 revolvers and 30 cartridges of
9 mm carbine and eight cartridges of .38 revolver.
September 13: 30 persons were killed
and 100 more injured in a series of five bomb blasts in the busy
market places of national capital New Delhi, reports. The first
explosion took place at Karol Bagh at 6.10 pm. The next explosion
took place at 6.35 pm near the Metro Station at Barakhamba Road.
Five minutes later, another explosion took place at the Central
Park in Cannaught Place. Two more explosions took place in the M-block
market of the Greater Kailash area at 6.30 pm and 6.40 pm. Initial
investigations revealed that the improvised explosive devices were
configured using ammonium nitrate. Four live bombs were recovered
and diffused. While one bomb was found outside the Regal Cinema
in Cannaught Place, two more bombs were diffused in the Central
Park at Cannaught Place and at India Gate. In an e-mail to the media,
the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the explosions.
September 11: The Supreme Court
further extended its interim order continuing the ban on SIMI till
the 2nd week of October, 2008. This is the second time the apex
court has extended the ban. The Union Government had filed a petition
challenging the decision of a Special Tribunal to lift curbs imposed
on the organisation. The Court has asked the Centre to place before
it the synopsis of arguments and other documents in support of its
stand to ban SIMI. The ruling came after the Government petitioned
for more time for probe.
September 7: Two youths, identified
as Mohammad Sohail and Azam, detained in Jodhpur were arrested by
the SIT on charges of involvement in the May 13, 2008 Jaipur serial
blasts case. During investigation, it was found that both had links
with the banned SIMI and the main accused of the Jaipur serial blasts,
including Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir. They had allegedly arranged
hotel rooms for the meetings of Sajid and his accomplices. The SIT
sources claimed, "Sajid and his associates like Taukir, Karimudeen
and others had visited Jodhpur many times and generated funds from
there. It was found that Sohail and Azam had also gathered Zakat
(charity) for them". With these two arrests, the total number
of people arrested in connection with the Jaipur serial blasts went
up to 14.
September 4: Four suspected cadres
of the SIMI were arrested in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad
bomb blasts from Ahmedabad and Bhuj towns. An Ahmedabad police spokesman
said that while Naved Kadri, Aiyyaz Sayed and Zaved Ahmed were arrested
from Ahmedabad, Abbas Asmeja was arrested from Bhuj. The arrests
took place following confessions made by the 10 main accused SIMI
cadres. Aiyyaz was among those who had actually placed some of the
bombs. Naved Kadri was present at the final planning meeting held
in Juhapura. Zaved Ahmed had procured a gas cylinder from Kalupur
area, which was used in the car bomb placed at the trauma centre
in the civil hospital. Asmeja had secured a house, under a false
name on behalf of the SIMI, under rehabilitation projects for the
people hit by the 2001 Kutch earthquake. The house was sold recently
to part-finance the blasts.
September 1: The Hyderabad Police
arrested a person identified as Jaber from the Hyderabad city for
suspected links with the SIMI. Hyderabad City Commissioner of Police
B. Prasada Rao said, "Jaber has been arrested for his alleged
links with the banned SIMI and sharing material with SIMI head Safdar
Nagori." Jaber, son of Moulana Naseeruddin, is a Hyderabad
resident. Naseeruddin is an accused in the assassination of former
Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya and is now in Sabarmati jail
August 26: Gujarat Police arrested
Tanveer Pathan alias Sameer, a suspected SIMI member, from the Mira
road area in Mumbai for his alleged involvement in the planting
of bombs in Surat. Police sources said Pathan's name was revealed
during the interrogation of Sajid Mansuri, an accused arrested in
connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. An unidentified
police officer told, "Pathan was in touch with several SIMI activists
in Pune and we passed on this information to the Gujarat Police.
After Pathan's name emerged in the investigation, a team from the
Gujarat Police arrived in Mumbai. With the help of the ATS, the
Gujarat team caught Pathan."
August 25: The Supreme
Court extended its stay of a tribunal order quashing the Union Government’s
February 7, 2008 notification, which banned the SIMI by six weeks.
A bench, consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice
P. Sathasivam, said, "The matter is important. We are ready to hear
it. What we are concerned [with] are the documents and records relevant
on the date of the ban notification."
August 23: The 'Indian
Mujahideen', which had claimed responsibility for the recent serial
explosions in Gujarat, sent a mail to TV channels with photographs
of cars claimed to have been used in the attacks on two hospitals
in Ahmedabad. Claiming that not a single Indian Mujahideen cadre
involved in the blasts have been arrested so far the outfit threatened
to widen the arc of its attacks. "The Indian Mujahideen on its full
authority declares that by the Grace of Allah not even a single
mujahid from our ranks who played even a minute role in the blasts,
have been arrested to date. We are completely safe", the mail said.
August 21: The Anti-terrorism Squad
(ATS) of the Mumbai Police arrested Feroz Mehboob Pathan (32), a
suspected to SIMI member and part of the recently neutralised sleeper
module of the outfit, from the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune. Two others
were detained but not arrested.
August 20: The Union Government
filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court, citing the involvement
of SIMI cadres in the July 26 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in
Gujarat. In its affidavit, the Government said investigations revealed
that the accused in the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July
26 were members of the SIMI. Annexing the depositions made by witnesses,
the Government further said intelligence sources and secret surveillance
by the police made it clear that the accused had nexus with international
terrorist outfits. Further, these persons were persistently involved
in more than one offence or other unlawful activities and the nature
of activities indulged in by the outfit would show secessionist
tendencies and the potential damage to the secular fabric of society.
Replying to the debate in the Uttar
Pradesh State Legislative Assembly on terrorist activities and the
role of the SIMI in the recent serial bomb blasts, the State Parliamentary
Affairs Minister, Lalji Verma, said that since 2003 no activity
of SIMI has been witnessed in Uttar Pradesh. He further said between
1998 and 2003, 65 cases had been registered against SIMI activists
in the State. Rejecting the charge of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
that the UP police and its security and intelligence agencies were
inefficient in containing the menace, Minister Verma said the security
and intelligence units in 34 sensitive districts and on the State’s
border have been upgraded.
Following leads given by arrested
SIMI cadre Usman Agarbattiwala, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch recovered
two pistols, a pipe bomb, balloons and 19 CDs and DVDs containing
speeches of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders, laptops
and hard drives from different places in the city. Usman Agarbattiwala
was one of the ten SIMI members arrested for their alleged involvement
in the Ahmedabad blasts.
August 19: A team of the Gujarat
Anti Terrorism Squad arrested dentist Mohammed Salim Honali (31)
from Bijapur in Karnataka. Honali used to work with the MA Rangoonwala
College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre at the Azam Campus
in Pune till May 2008 before he was laid off. ATS officials suspect
that Honali not only had a significant role in the July 26, 2008
Ahmedabad blasts but was also brainwashing other youth to bring
them into the radical fold. ATS officials said jihadi literature
was recovered from all four suspects.
August 17: Three persons were arrested
in Bharuch in Gujarat for renting a house to the SIMI activist Sajid
Mansuri, who allegedly played a key role in the July 26 Ahmedabad
serial blasts. Mansuri had taken the house on rent from Saeed Hayat
at Lukman society in Bharuch. Hayat had the power of attorney over
the house that belonged to a London-based non-resident Indian. Two
persons, Yusuf Patel and Maqbul Patel, had recommended the name
of Sajid Mansuri to Saeed Hayat.
Police in Indore in Madhya Pradesh
arrested a suspected SIMI activist in connection with the serial
blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26. The arrest followed a tip off provided
by the Gujarat Police. Nine persons arrested by the Gujarat Police
on August 16 for their alleged involvement in the blasts had disclosed
that the explosives used in the blasts were sent from Madhya Pradesh.
Police sources in Gujarat claimed
that SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh
on August 16 for his involvement in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad
has "confessed" to his and his team’s involvement in the terror
attack. According to Abhay Chudasma, Joint Commissioner, Ahmedabad
Crime Branch police, Qasmi also confirmed the role of Sajid Mansuri,
another arrested senior SIMI member in the blasts. "We are questioning
him on the details of other locals involved in the terror attack",
Chudasma said. Police also suspected Qasmi and Sajid’s involvement
in the Jaipur blasts. "We are still questioning Qasmi on the Jaipur
link", Chudasma added. The police said Qasmi had taken over charge
of the SIMI national network after the arrest of its leader Safdar
Nagori and his brother Karimuddin Nagori in Indore in Madhya Pradesh
in March. Safdar and Karimuddin had originally planned the execution
of the Ahmedabad blasts and to carry out bombings in Surat too.
August 16: The Gujarat Police announced
the arrest of SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi, who allegedly was the
mastermind behind the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts. Gujarat
Director-General of Police P.C. Pandey said Qasmi was arrested from
a village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh (UP) by a joint team of the
UP and Gujarat Police. The Gujarat police also said with this arrest
they had unravelled the conspiracy that led to the bombings. Before
Qasmi’s arrest, nine SIMI cadres were arrested from Ahmedabad and
Vadodara. "We now have the entire details of how and where the plans
for the Ahmedabad blasts were chalked out, who were the people involved
and how the entire plan was operationalised," the DGP said. He also
claimed that the same group was involved in planting bombs in Surat.
August 14: A SIMI activist was arrested
in Bharuch in Gujarat in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad
on July 26. The arrested SIMI cadre Mohammad Sajid Mansori is suspected
to have been part of the conspiracy to carry out the nine blasts
across the Gujarat capital.
August 8: The All India Minority
Front said it had evidence that the SIMI had links with terror outfits
in Pakistan. The Front national president S.M. Asif told reporters,
"We have evidence of SIMI's links with Pakistani terror outfits
and are ready to provide it to the central government provided we
are assured security." "We have spoken to various Muslim people
who have proof in this regard but they fear for their lives", he
added. He further said, "We want SIMI should be banned and punished.
The minorities in the country are opposed to all sorts of militancy.
Even then Muslims suffer whenever there is any terror attack in
August 6: The Supreme Court stayed
the order by the Special Tribunal quashing the Union Government's
February 7, 2008 notification declaring the SIMI an unlawful organisation.
A Bench of the Supreme Court stayed the order on a mention made
by Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam about the Union
Government filing a special leave petition against the lifting of
the ban. The Bench, consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
and Justice A.K. Mathur, ordered notice to the SIMI seeking its
response in three weeks.
The MHA asked the Uttar Pradesh
Government to send details of the criminal cases pending against
the SIMI and its activists. Police headquarters in State capital
Lucknow said that it has received a letter in this regard. The Office
of the Director General of Police (DGP) has, consequently, started
compiling the details of the recent cases against the SIMI.
August 5: The Anti-Terrorist Cell
(ATC) attached to the Belgaum district Police Department in Karnataka
arrested three suspected SIMI cadres. They were identified as Naveed
Khaji and Ansar Nizami, both from Malmaruti area, and Sadiq Mulla
of Azad Nagar. The arrest took place on the basis of information
given by suspected SIMI cadres Tanveer Mulla and Iqbal Jakati, who
were arrested recently. With the arrest of these three, the number
of arrested suspected SIMI activists in the district rose to 11.
A specially-designated tribunal
lifted the ban imposed by the Union Government on the activities
of the SIMI. Justice Geeta Mittal of the Delhi High Court, who headed
the tribunal, held that there was no new evidence submitted by the
Government against the SIMI to justify the extension of the ban.
A senior law officer said that the Government only came out with
the evidence of the Malegaon blasts in Maharashtra in 2006 to show
the complicity of the organisation in unlawful activities which
was not sufficient to come out with the notification to ban it.
August 2: Immigration officials
at the Mumbai International Airport detained a passenger in connection
with a blast in the Judicial Magistrate First Class court in Hubli
in Karnataka in May 2008. The passenger Iqbal Shaukat Ali is alleged
to be a SIMI activist. A resident of Belgaum in Karnataka, Ali had
fled to Sharjah soon after his name emerged as one of the major
suspects in the blast. Subsequently, he was remanded to four days
of police custody.
July 27: The Ahmedabad Joint Police
Commissioner Asish Bhatia said an activist of the banned SIMI, Abdul
Halim, who was wanted in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots,
was arrested during the combing operation in the city following
the July 26 serial explosions in Ahmedabad (Gujarat).
July 15: Police arrested Mohammed
Muqeemuddin Yaser, a former SIMI member, from his residence in the
Saidabad area of Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. Yaser, who
is a MBA student, is also the eldest son of Maulana Naseeruddin,
the founder president of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Shaan-e-Islam (TTSI)
and is presently lodged at the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad for his
alleged role in the assassination of the former Gujarat home minister
Haren Pandya. Yaser’s younger brother Raziuddin Naser, a suspect
in the twin blast cases in Hyderabad in August 2007, was arrested
by the Karnataka Police in January 2008 for planning terrorist attacks
in Karnataka and Goa. SIT sources said "Yaser was an active
member of SIMI. Now, he along with some other former SIMI activists
of the city has formed a group which downloads jihadi material and
religious killing videos from the internet and distributes disks
to extremist religious groups in the country."
June 8: Supporting continuation
of the ban on the SIMI, the Karnataka Government in its affidavit
submitted to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal contended
that some of the SIMI members had been in contact with militant
outfits. The Tribunal, set up by the Union Government to review
the ban on SIMI concluded its two-day sitting on June 8 in Bangalore.
June 1: The Kerala Government represented
its case in favour of continuing the proscription on the SIMI. The
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal appointed by the Union
Government to review the ban on SIMI began a two-day sitting in
capital Trivandrum. Representing the State Government, Inspector
General of Police (Internal Security), N. C. Asthana, filed an affidavit
before the tribunal stating that the SIMI was still carrying out
unlawful activities in Kerala and hence the ban imposed on it shall
May 27: Police arrested a SIMI cadre,
identified as Nasir Liyaqat Ali Patel, from Belgaum for allegedly
spreading messages of hatred. Police also recovered the hard disc
from his computer.
May 17: The special investigative
team conducted raids across the State targeting activists of the
SIMI. A SIMI cadre, Mohammad Shajid, was detained for questioning.
Raids were conducted at Jaipur, Ajmer, Fatehpur, Godhpur, Tonk and
Sikar on the basis of Intelligence inputs. A senior police officer
said, "Raids were conducted, but it seems most of the activists
have gone underground fearing arrests."
May 8: Three suspected SIMI activists
were arrested from the New Housing Board colony area of Morena in
Madhya Pradesh. Fake currency worth INR 80,000 and four mobile phones
were recovered from them. Police sources said that one of the arrested
Naajmia belongs to Kayamganj in Uttar Pradesh, while the other two,
Pappu alias Sudhir Jadaun and Rajbir Gurjar, were from Morena.
April 23: The Union
Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, in a written reply
to a question in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament)
said that despite the ban, the SIMI has been carrying out its activities
clandestinely including holding of organizational meetings and circulation
of literature. The Minister said that more than 70 male SIMI cadres
have been arrested during the last one year as per reports from
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka.
No foreign national is among those arrested, he said. The Minister
added that activities of the SIMI have been noticed in Madhya Pradesh,
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar
April 22: The Union
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, replying
to questions in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)
said that the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has
links with terrorist groups, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
He said that the links have been revealed in investigations into
a number of cases. The minister further said that 181 SIMI cadres
have been arrested in various States since 2006 and arms, ammunition,
incriminating literature and other items were recovered from them.
Of them, 128 were arrested in Madhya Pradesh.
April 10: The Mumbai
Police arrested two SIMI cadres from the Thane district. The duo,
identified as Irshad Salim Khan and Israr Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor,
are believed to be close to the arrested secretary-general of the
outfit, Safdar Nagori. Khan is a civil engineer by profession and
was the former president of the outfit while Israr Ahmed is a computer
professional. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria
said, "Both are wanted in a case registered under Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act here on July 28, 2006, in which train blasts accused
Ehtesham Siddqui was earlier arrested."
The Madhya Pradesh
Police arrested a SIMI cadre from the Rishala area of Indore city.
The arrested cadre, identified as Hafiz Yusuf, has been an active
worker of the outfit and played a significant role in collecting
funds for the outfit, police sources said. He was working in a mobile
shop in Indore.
April 7: Six SIMI cadres were arrested
by the Madhya Pradesh police. While five SIMI cadres were arrested
from Guna, a suspected SIMI cadre, identified as Naved Irfan was
arrested in Indore’s Muslim- dominated Khajrana area for allegedly
indulging in illegal activities and aiding anti-national elements,
a senior police officer said.
The Jabalpur Police in Madhya Pradesh
announced a reward of INR 5,000 to those who help trace two absconding
SIMI activists Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Shakil.
April 5: Three SIMI activists were
arrested from Narsinghgarh town in the Rajgarh district. The Rajgarh
Superintendent of Police D. K. Arya said that the SIMI cadres, identified
as Irfan, Faizal and Shakir, were arrested on charges of aiding
anti-national elements and indulging in illegal activities. An unspecified
quantity of objectionable material, video cassettes and CDs were
recovered from the house where the arrests occurred.
April 4: Three persons, including
a woman, were arrested for allegedly renting their premises to SIMI
leaders in Indore and Khargone. A house in the Shyam Nagar locality
of Indore was rented to SIMI's Andhra Pradesh unit chief Qamaruddin
Nagori from where police arrested top 13 leaders of the outfit on
March 27. The house rented to the SIMI by Gaffar Khan Bakerywale
was registered in the name of his daughter-in-law Shahnaz Bi. Police
arrested both Khan and Shahnaz for not providing information to
the police about giving their house on rent.
Separately, in Khargone, another
person, identified as Shahzad Hussein, was arrested for allegedly
providing his farmhouse to the SIMI for running training camps.
April 2: Madhya Pradesh Police neutralised
a SIMI training camp in Choral, a popular holiday spot, 35-kilometres
from the State capital Bhopal. Police claimed that interrogation
of the 13 arrested SIMI cadres led to the information on the existence
of the camp. The Superintendent of Police Chanchal Shekhar told,
"We were told the camp trained SIMI activists from Jharkhand, Kerala,
Karnataka and a few other states. Each training camp would train
around 20 SIMI members. We have information of five such camps in
the past one-and-half years, which would mean about a hundred SIMI
activists trained in Choral." He said that the trainees were made
to climb the surrounding mountains and swim across the river daily.
The police also found evidence of a firing range and exploded bits
of petrol bombs.
Separately, Police recovered 122
super-explosive gelatine sticks, 100 detonators and switchboards
buried underground in the Gawali village under Balwara police station
area of Khargaon district.
April 1: The Assam Government told
the Legislative Assembly that SIMI was active in Assam, but clarified
that no member of the group had been arrested so far in the State.
"While the Government had banned SIMI in 2001, there is information
that the group is still active in Assam," Minister Rockybul Hussain
told the Assembly.
March 31: A team of Madhya Pradesh
Police arrested seven SIMI cadres from an unspecified location.
The investigators interrogating the 13 SIMI leaders arrested in
Indore on March 27 claimed that the banned outfit were planning
to kill top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including
the Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani, and Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi. The investigators further claimed that the SIMI was
even running training camps for militants to carry out terrorist
attacks in the country.
March 27: 13 SIMI leaders, including
the outfit’s General Secretary Safdar Nagori and his brother Kamruddin
Nagori, were arrested following several raids in Indore by the Madhya
Pradesh Police. Police described the arrested persons as active
members of the outfit hailing from Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh,
Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The arrested persons included
SIMI’s Karnataka unit chief Hafiz Hussain and Shivli, who is the
mainstay of the group’s operations in Kerala. Pistols, cartridges,
nine mobile phones, INR 45,000 in cash, 15 masks, 22 pairs of surgical
gloves and surgical instruments, SIMI literature were recovered
from the arrested persons.
Police raided the house of SIMI
leader Shiblyin a village in Kottayam district. Two computers were
recovered from the houses of Shibli and his brother, Shaduli.
March 18: The Union Minister of
State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, said in a written reply in the
Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) that the SIMI and its associates
were planning to commit serial blasts and other serious offences
in the country. "While there was no present input indicating any
specific plans of SIMI to attack important installation, ...One
arrested person disclosed that he along with his SIMI associates
were planning to commit serial blasts and other serious offences,"
March 11: A former Bihar unit chief
of the SIMI, Arif Abrar, who had surrendered before a lower court
in Nagpur in January 2008, was reportedly granted bail by the 10th
Ad hoc Sessions Judge. Abrar who was lodged in the Nagpur central
jail after police interrogation is expected to be released shortly.
Defence lawyer A.M. Rizway stated that court found no incriminating
evidence against him.
February 21: The Corps of Detectives
arrested a software engineer for suspected links with the banned
SIMI from Guruappanapalya under Mico Layout police station limits
in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka. However, four of his alleged
accomplices escaped during the police operation. Yahya Khan is a
native of Kerala and was working in a leading multinational information
technology company in the city and he was reportedly under watch
by the Bangalore Police for the past few days. Police sources said
that the arrest followed information given by Mohammad Asif, a final-year
MBBS student, and another SIMI activist, who was arrested in Hubli
February 12: The Corps of Detectives,
which is investigating a terrorist module unearthed by the Davangere
police in Karnataka, arrested an electrician from Dharwad for his
alleged links with the banned SIMI. The arrested identified as Shakeel,
a resident of Koppadakeri in the Dharwad district, had helped the
SIMI activists to hold two meetings, one near the Mastansab Darga
on Saudatti Road and the other at the Halligere forests on Haliyal
Road in Hubli in November 2007. Shakeel reportedly participated
in these meetings where some 25 SIMI activists from Karnataka, Uttar
Pradesh and Kerala allegedly discussed plans to carry out acts of
sabotage. These activists had held another meeting near Dandeli
in May 2007.
February 12: Firoz
Sanadi, the former deputy mayor of Belgaum city in Karnataka, and
nine medical students were detained for alleged links with the SIMI
and suspected militant Mohammed Asif who is in police custody.
Former Bihar unit chief
of the SIMI, Dr Abrar Arif, who had surrendered before the Nagpur
court recently, was sent to jail after he was produced before the
lower court 2 by Sadar police.
February 10: The Islamic
Students Association (ISA) is functioning transparently and it has
no links with the banned SIMI, said ISA ad-hoc committee secretary
E K Noufal in Kozhikode in Kerala.
February 7: The Union
Government decided to continue the ban on the Students Islamic Movement
of India (SIMI) for another two years. "The decision to re-impose
the ban for two years has been taken in view of the fact that the
group continues to indulge in unlawful activities," said the home
ministry spokesperson Onkar Kedia.
February 6: Police
arrested four activists of the Islamic Students Association (ISA),
while trying to stick wall posters in the early hours at Edavamgal
near Bekal in the Kasargod district of Kerala. The four activists
of the newly-floated ISA, which seemed to be a front organisation
of the banned SIMI, said the police.
January 31: Mohammad
Abrar Arif Mohammad Kasim, a key SIMI leader, surrendered before
a court in Nagpur after remaining at large for 18 months.
January 22: A report
in The Hindu stated that the SIMI is believed to be operating
under the cover of at least 12 organisations in Kerala. SIMI organisers
periodically change the name of their front organisations to shake
off police surveillance. Intelligence officials believe that SIMI
activists in Kerala had developed links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba
in 2006. They said that SIMI activists are operating under the cover
of religious study centres, rural development and research centres
and institutions for developing "personal effectiveness."
Some of these organisations were spreading "extremist religious
ideals" among a section of impressionable youth by acting as
"counselling and guidance centres working for behavioural change".
In the past 10 years, the police have registered 17 cases against
suspected SIMI activists.
October 23: Daily News & Analysis
reported that the role of a splinter group of the SIMI is being
examined by the internal security agencies for its alleged linkages
with some rural non-government organisations (NGOs) in Maharashtra.
An unidentified intelligence official said cadres belonging to the
SIMI splinter, Tehereek Taifooz Sher-e-Islam, could have established
linkages with a section of Muslim functionaries in these NGOs. Central
intelligence agencies and the State Intelligence Department reportedly
have been investigating the way these NGOs are managed.
September 6: The Supreme Court asked
the SIMI to serve a fresh notice to the government on its plea for
transferring the petition relating to the ban imposed on the organisation
from the Delhi High Court to the apex court. SIMI had sought transfer
of the petition filed by it in the High Court challenging the ban
imposed in September 2003 for its alleged anti-national activities.
Two other petitions filed by SIMI challenging the ban in September
2001 and February 2006 are pending in the apex court and hence it
has sought transfer of the 2003 petition so that all the three petitions
could be decided by the apex court.
July 5: Four persons, including
two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants, were convicted by a court
in New Delhi for possessing explosives and conspiring to wage war
against the country. The other two persons, held guilty under various
provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Explosive Substances
Act, are members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India
(SIMI). Gulzar Ahmed Wani and Mohiuddin, the HM militants from Baramulla
in Jammu and Kashmir, and Feroz Rafi and Mumtaz, the SIMI activists
from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested at New Delhi Railway Station on
July 30, 2001. Police had then seized a huge haul of RDX, grenades,
launchers, detonators and other explosives from them. The Hizb militants
had reportedly come to Delhi to deliver the explosives to the SIMI
activists. With their arrest, police had claimed to have solved
six bomb blast cases, including the 2001 Sena Bhavan blast. However,
the court on February 23 acquitted them in all these cases for lack
Times Now reported that the
SIMI has stepped up efforts to strengthen its base in the northeastern
region along the India-Myanmar border. SIMI has been trying to tie
up with Manipur-based outfits and especially the Peoples' United
Liberation Front (PULF), an organization of indigenous Muslims of
Manipur called Pangals. The report further indicated that SIMI's
presence in the north-eastern region could pose a grave threat since
several jihadi outfits with similar ideologies are already
active on both sides of the border.
March 9: Police in Patna (Bihar)
arrested Mohd Haseeb Raza, an activist of the SIMI, from his Phulwari
residence. Police sources said that Raza was the state secretary
of the outfit and was wanted in a case lodged in 2001 as a prime
accused for planning subversive activities in the country.
February 15: The Supreme Court described
the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as a "secessionist
movement". A bench of Justice S. B. Sinha and Markandeya Katju observed
while dealing with the Special Leave Petition filed by the SIMI
challenging the ban imposed on it, "You are a secessionist movement.
You have not stopped your activities." The Bench refused to agree
with the submissions put forth by Kamini Jaiswal, counsel for the
SIMI, that there was no evidence to link SIMI to any anti-national
activity after 2003. In the petition, the SIMI had challenged the
judgment of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Tribunal headed
by Justice B. N. Chaturvedi of the Delhi High Court, which confirmed
the ban imposed on the organisation by the Union Government on February
January 22: Police have beefed up
security in the Cuttack city amidst intelligence reports indicating
that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Students
Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres are planning to orchestrate
a terrorist attack during the India-West Indies one-day Cricket
Match at the Barabati Stadium on January 24.
December 21: The Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police filed the charge sheet in
the September 8 Malegaon serial blasts case. The charge sheet stated
that nine SIMI cadres had hatched and executed the conspiracy with
the help of two Pakistani nationals in the textile town to "infuriate
the entire Muslim community and trigger communal riots’’. 40 persons
died and 312 were injured in four blasts.
December 4: The Uttar Pradesh Government
said that it had not received any direction from the Union Government
to proscribe the SIMI. In a written reply to a question in the State
Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said that
no instructions had been received from the Centre to ban SIMI. The
State Government had recently successfully moved an application
in a district court in Baharaich seeking withdrawal of cases against
SIMI chief Shahid Badar Falah.
November 7: According to IANS, the
SIMI is contemplating changing its name to evade attention it receives
for its association with the terrorists. Quoting unidentified sources,
the report said that SIMI may emerge under a new name such as Teharik-e-Millat
or Awaz-e-Sura, with a view to expand its activities in Madhya Pradesh.
November 5: Six SIMI cadres are arrested
in Indore. Police said that the six had met a detained senior SIMI
operative, Imran Ansari, at a local restaurant while he was being
escorted for a court hearing on November 1.
October 30: Maharashtra Police arrests
Noorul Hooda Shamshul Hooda, a SIMI activist, in connection with
the Malegaon serial bomb blasts of September 8, 2006.
October 8: A suspected SIMI cadre,
Nurullah Samsudoha, is arrested from the Jaffar Nagar area of Malegaon
town in Maharashtra.
September 6: The Bahraich District
court in Uttar Pradesh grants permission to withdraw a treason case
against the banned SIMI chief Shahid Badar Falah and 11 other members
of the outfit.
August 23: Two suspects
in the October 2005 Delhi serial bomb blasts are remanded to the
custody of Mumbai Police till August 28 by a local court in Mumbai.
Firoz Abdul Latif Ghaswala and Mohammed Ali Chippa, who were lodged
in a jail in Delhi, were brought to Mumbai on August 23 and produced
before a local court. Both, suspected to be linked to the SIMI,
have allegedly visited Pakistan clandestinely to undergo training
in arms and explosives handling at the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) camps.
Speaking in the State Legislative Assembly, the Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav ruled out the involvement of the Students
Islamic Movement of India in recent terrorist attacks in the State.
August 22: Faizal Ataur Rehman Sheikh,
allegedly Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Mumbai chief, and younger brother Muzamil,
a software programmer, were booked in the Bandra blast case and
remanded to police custody till September 4. In its remand plea,
the Anti-Terrorist Squad said the brothers were active members of
the proscribed SIMI and had been to Pakistan for military training.
August 18: SIMI activists, Waqar Baig
Yusuf Baig and Jitaullah Rehman Mehmood Khan, are arrested from
Kazipur in the textile township of Hinganghat in Wardha district
August 16: Five suspected SIMI activists,
identified as Saduli, Abdul Aziz, Shammi, all from Kottayam district,
and Anzar and Nizammudin, both from Aluva, arrested in Kerala.
August 15: Kerala Police arrested 18
suspected SIMI activists from Binamipuram in the Kochi district.
August 13: Two SIMI activists, Irfan
Sayeed and Najib Bakali, are arrested by Mumbai Police personnel
investigating the July 11 blasts.
August 8: Three SIMI cadres, Shakil
Warsi, Shakir Ahmed Nasi and Mohammad Rehan Khan, are arrested in
connection with the July 11 Mumbai serial blasts from Nagpur in
August 7: The tribunal, constituted
to examine the ban imposed on SIMI by the Union Government, holds
it "legal and valid”.
July 29: SIMI activist, Ehtashan Siddiqui,
is arrested from his Mira Road residence on the outskirts of Mumbai
for alleged links to the 7/11 blasts.
July 21: Bhopal Police arrests a SIMI
activist, Imran, wanted in two cases, one registered at Surat in
the State of Gujarat and the other at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh.
He is said to be an organising SIMI activities at the national level.
July 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mulayam Singh Yadav says in Lucknow that the SIMI is not active
in the State and there is no evidence of its involvement in any
unlawful activity during his regime. He further said that as far
as its existence in Uttar Pradesh is concerned, it will be improper
to initiate action without evidence.
July 6: The Supreme Court upheld the
ban on the SIMI rejecting a petition that claimed that the organisation
had not been found to engage in any terrorist activities.
June 2: According to the Government
of Kerala, the SIMI is operating under the cover of at least 12
organisations in the State. At least two organizations linked to
the SIMI are operating in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.
April 25: Mohammad Aamir, the chief
of SIMI's Uttar Pradesh State unit and the prime accused in the
Kanpur riots of March 16, 2006, surrenders before a metropolitan
magistrate in Kanpur.
April 21: The Union Government declares
the SIMI an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act, 1967. It also constitutes a Tribunal, comprising Justice B.N.
Chaturvedi of the Delhi High Court, for adjudicating whether or
not there is sufficient cause for declaring SIMI as an unlawful
July 11: Police
in Uttar Pradesh arrest six persons, including four of a family,
from Faizabad in connection with the July 5-attack on the disputed
complex in Ayodhya. The arrested family members were associated
with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, according to
June 11: All
eight accused in the Ghatkopar blast case, allegedly cadres of the
SIMI, are acquitted by a POTA court in Mumbai due to lack of evidence.
March 8: Delhi
Police arrests a SIMI member, Mohammad Iftikar Ehsan Malick, from
Dehradun, the capital city of Uttaranchal.
Maulana Nasiruddin, president of the Tahaffuz Shari'at-e Islam (Protection
of Islamic Sharia) and allegedly linked to the SIMI, is arrested
from Hyderabad in connection with his suspected links to the murder
former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.
A court in New Delhi acquits SIMI president Shahid Badar Falah in
a case of sedition, which was filed against him in September 2001.
Five persons, including two SIMI activists, are arrested for the
removal of railway sleeper clips from the tracks in Kumardubi-Barakar
section in West Bengal.
July 21: POTA
court in New Delhi sentences two SIMI activists to a five-year imprisonment
under POTA for their membership of the proscribed organization and
seven years imprisonment for sedition.
- July 16: A POTA Court in Delhi convicts
two SIMI activists for their active involvement with the banned outfit.
- May 26: Mumbai Police arrest two suspected
activists of the SIMI in the Ghatkopar bomb blast case and remand
them to police custody till June 5.
- May 14: Mumbai Police arrest three persons
from Padgah village and foil a plan that envisaged a series of explosions
in Mumbai and Kerala, which was allegedly hatched by the SIMI and
Lashkar-e-Toiba. The accused were identified as Muzzamal Ansari, Mohammed
Nadir Palob and Arif Hussain.
- May 11: Mumbai Police detains SIMI activist
Anwar Ali, a lecturer of the National Defence Academy in Khadakvasla,
Maharashtra, for his suspected involvement in the March 13-Mulund
train bomb explosion case.
- May 3: Mumbai Police arrests six SIMI
activists with links to the LeT and also seizes lethal chemicals and
some arms and ammunition from their possession.
- April 25: Mumbai Police arrests two
suspected SIMI activists for their alleged involvement in the March
13-Mulund-bomb blast case from the Padgha village of Thane district.
- April 21:
Mumbai Police arrests Ghulam Akbar
Khotal, an alleged SIMI activist from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, in
connection with March 13 Mulund blast.
- April 10:
Saquib Nachan, a SIMI activist, surrenders
before the Mumbai High Court. He is subsequently arrested by the Mumbai
Police and booked under POTA for his alleged involvement in the Mulund
blast. Saquib was arrested from Gujarat in October 1992 under the
Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA)
for his subversive activities and sentenced to life imprisonment,
which was later commuted to 10 years by the Supreme Court. He was
released from the Sabarmati jail in April 2001.
- March 12: Noman Badar alias Falahi,
one of the top leaders of SIMI, is brought on transit remand to Delhi
from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. A case against him is pending in a Court
in Delhi for his involvement in unlawful activities, including publishing
objectionable using inflammatory language.
- February 24:
Police arrest two persons allegedly
connected with the SIMI at Rabodi in Thane District of Maharashtra
and seize incriminating documents from their possession.
- January 29: Mumbai Police suspects the
LeT and SIMI for the twin blasts near Vile Parle railway station in
Mumbai on January 27 and January 28. United Arab Emirates (UAE) based
LeT terrorist Abu Hamza is suspected to be the masterminded behind
the first explosion, in which a women was killed and 25 more injured.
- January 27: Uttar Pradesh Police arrests
three SIMI activists from Lucknow and recover certain incriminating
documents from them.
- January 26: Dubai authorities deport
Mohammed Altaf, an activist of the SIMI and main accused in the December
2, 2002, bomb blast at Ghatkopar.
- January 9: Madhya Pradesh Police arrests
Bhopal district unit former president of the SIMI Khalid Naeem. He
was later released on bail.
- January 3: Mumbai Police invokes POTA
against four SIMI activists–– Abdul Mattin, Sayed Khwaja, Muzzamil
Ahmed and Zahir Shaikh––for allegedly setting off a blast inside a
bus in Ghatkopar on December 2, 2002, in which three persons were
- December 21: A Delhi court discharges
SIMI leader Mohammed Javed Iqbal in a sedition and unlawful activities
case and also drops sedition charges against its president Shahid
Badar and three others. While discharging Iqbal, the court granted
bail to Badar and four others in the case. The court also dropped
sedition charge against Badar in another case and granted him bail
on a personal bond of Rs 5,000 and one surety.
- October 7: Supreme Court issues notices
to Union Government and eight States on a petition filed by the SIMI
challenging the Union Home Ministry's order declaring the organization
as unlawful and the subsequent order of a Tribunal upholding the same.
States to which notices were issued are: Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
- May 27: Two SIMI activists are arrested
- May 5: Uttar Pradesh unit SIMI chief
Noman Badar is arrested in Lucknow.
- March 18: SIMI activist Hasib Raja is
arrested in Kolkata, West Bengal, and half a kilogram of RDX is seized
from him. He was allegedly planning to blow up the Howrah Bridge.
- January 28: Police arrest eight SIMI
activists from Vadodara in Gujarat.
- December 28: Police in Surat, Gujarat,
arrest 123 persons for their alleged links with SIMI and also recover
certain incriminating documents from their possession.
- October 24: Maharashtra Police files
charge sheet in a Jalgaon Court against 11 SIMI activists arrested
for suspected terrorist activities.
- October 8: Police arrest the Tamil Nadu
State vice-president of SIMI, Abdul Qudoos, from Madurai.
- October 5: Maharashtra Police arrest
three SIMI activists from Ahmednagar.
- October 1: Police arrest nine SIMI activists
in Madhya Pradesh and one in Delhi.
- September 29: After the ban on SIMI,
the Police arrest another 122 of its cadres across the country.
- September 28: Delhi Police seals SIMI
headquarters at Zakir Nagar and arrests four senior members of the
organisation, including its national president Dr Shahid Badr Falah.
Shahid Badr was subsequently charged with sedition and inciting communal
disharmony in Uttar Pradesh.
- September 27: Union Government imposes
a ban on the SIMI under section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act. Following the ban, 241 SIMI activists were arrested across the
country and authorities seal many of its regional offices.
- September 21: Uttar Pradesh Police arrests
three SIMI activists in Bahraich for alleged anti-India activities.
Five more SIMI cadres were arrested in the same town a day earlier.
- August 8: The Uttar Pradesh Police says
SIMI activists arrested in Kanpur earlier have revealed that the ISI
had asked one of its agents to supply explosive material for subversive
activities in northern India.
- August 6: Police in Kanpur register
cases against 12 SIMI activists on charges of waging war and sedition.
- May 9: Police arrest 13 SIMI activists,
including zonal President Irshad Khan, in Kurla and Vikhroli in Maharashtra
for allegedly possessing weapons and several incriminating documents.
- April 10: Ilyas Gausn, main accused
in the Pune communal violence, surrenders before a judicial magistrate
in the city.
- March 16: Six persons, including an
Additional District Magistrate, are killed in a clash between SIMI
activists and police in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
- March 11: Police arrest Sajid Sundke,
city unit chief of SIMI, and four of his associates in Pune for their
suspected involvement in the communal riots in Ganj Peth and Ghorpade
Peth areas of the city.
- March 12: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
Chhagan Bhujbal, discloses in the State Legislative Assembly that
Pakistan-based underworld don Chhota Shakeel, in league with the SIMI,
is inciting communal riots in some parts of the State.
- August 15: Uttar Pradesh Police arrest
Mohammad Aquil, a former student of Aligarh Muslim University and
an active SIMI member, in connection with a bomb blast in the Sabarmati
Express train near Faizabad.