Four suspected SIMI members arrested in Madhya Pradesh
Close on the heels of arrest of five SIMI activists in the state last week, four suspected operatives of the banned organization were apprehended by the Madhya Pradesh ATS and counter terrorist group in Ujjain.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh Police arrested four members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Ujjain, an official said Wednesday.
The four arrested have been identified as Javed Nagori, Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Adil and Abdul Wahi, state ATS chief and Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Shami told reporters here.
Police arrested the four late Tuesday from the Mahidapur area in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, about 200 km from the state capital, on the basis of information provided by Abu Faisal. He was one of the seven SIMI members who escaped from Khandwa Jail last October, and was re-arrested Dec 25, 2013.
ATS chief Sanjeev Shami said 900 gelatin rods, 600 detonators, a pipe bomb and two bombs that were still being assembled were recovered after the arrest of the four.
The explosives recovered from the four include 12 bombs, a pipe bomb, 900 gelatine sticks and more than 600 detonators, he said.
The interrogation of the four suspects was on, Shami said.
Last week, the state anti-terrorist squad (ATS) had arrested five suspected SIMI activists from Sendhwa Pathar area of Barwani district.
Those arrested included Abu Faizal, who had escaped from the state's Khandwa jail with five others a few months ago.
Later, the ATS claimed Faizal and two others who were arrested had links with fundamentalist terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban, which is active in the north-western Pakistan.