Four SIMI members held in Akola after a meeting, 34 absconding

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Yagnesh Mehta, TNN 20 July 2009, 10:56pm IST

SURAT: The Maharashtra police has foiled an attempt by banned organisation Students’ Islamic Movement of India

(SIMI) to carry out terror

activities on Independence Day in parts of the country. The police revealed the plan

following arrest of four members of the organisation after a meeting of 39 members of the organisation in Mana village of Akola district.

According to police, the four Abdul Razaq Abdul Karim, 39, of Jalna, Masud Khan Mehmud Khan, 36, of Aurangabad, Saeed Ibrahim Saeed Musa, 47, of Kusad village in Yavatmal district, Mohammad Rafiq Abdul Rehman, 51, of Mana village in Akola districts were arrested near Murtuzapur town when they were going towards Akola after completing the meeting in Mana village.

The Akola police revealed that the SIMI members were planning to carry out some terror activity on Independence Day, next month.

“The four accused were arrested following a tip off and there were 34 other members who also participated in the meeting and we are looking for them. The meeting was held in Mana village from which the four were returning,” said K P Raghuvanshi, additional DG, ATS, Maharashtra.

The four accused were driving a Tata Indica (MH 23 E 3773) when they were nabbed by the police. Out of the four Abdul Razaq Abdul Karim is a senior member of SIMI and was arrested from Surat while participating in a SIMI meeting at Rajashree Hall in 2001. In 2001 total 123 participants in the meeting were arrested by the city police.

Police further informed that Abdul Razaq was in jail for two years following his arrest in 2001. He was underground during last five years, police informed. There are crimes registered against Abdul Razaq in Jalna police station also.

The four accused were arrested under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). The Maharashtra police also believe that among the 34 absconding participants of the meeting few were from Gujarat and Surat.

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