Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Akola arrests ‘reveal SIMI plan to re-group’

Vivek Deshpande
Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 0239 hrs

Former SIMI activists arrested in Akola district were part of the SIMI meeting held at New Delhi between April and May this year, investigations have revealed. The banned organisation is now trying to take a leaf out of the Naxal book by launching frontal organisations, the pivotal one being vaguely called as Wahadat-E-Islam (Unity of Islam). Sources said these would ostensibly swear by Constitution and socio-economic developmental agenda, but would eventually perpetuate the same ideology it nursed before being banned.

The sources said they also had plans to tie up with political parties like the BSP in the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the Akola police have arrested three more persons in connection with the alleged secret meeting of SIMI activists at Mana village in the Murtizapur tehsil of Akola district on Sunday. They will be produced before the court on Wednesday.

The three arrested in the last 24 hours are Mohammad Haroon Gayasuddin, Mohammad Siddeque Abdul Wahab — from Teachers’ Colony, Khamgaon — and Abdul Ahmed Abdul Samad from Jatpura Gate area of Amravati.

The police have registered an offence against 14 of the 30-35 people holding a “secret” meeting at a house in Mana. All of them were sent to police custody till July 29.

All of them have a criminal record as SIMI activists, Additional Superintendent of Police Nitin Pawar told The Indian Express.

Reportedly, some incriminating documents, CDs and banners were also recovered from them but the police refused to share their contents.

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