SIMI activists’ jailbreak: 2013 escape from MP, 2014 blast in UP, 2016 rearrest in Odisha

Mohammad Salik alias Sallu, accused in the Bijnor blast and among those killed Monday, was not part of the jailbreak.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: November 1, 2016 3:31 pm
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AMONG the eight alleged SIMI men killed by Madhya Pradesh police Monday, three had broken out of MP’s Khandwa jail in 2013 too. These three, and a fourth among those killed Monday, had gone on to be accused in a 2014 blast in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. They were rearrested in February this year.

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Mohammad Salik alias Sallu, accused in the Bijnor blast and among those killed Monday, was not part of the jailbreak. Seven men had escaped in 2013. Two were arrested soon after, and two more — who too were named accused in the Bijnor blast — were killed by police last year.

The blast took place on September 12, 2014, while a bomb was allegedly being assembled in one of two houses rented by the six men including Salik, according to UP’s Anti-Terrorism Squad.

Sheikh Mehboob alias Guddu alias Malik, 25, who was killed Monday, was injured in that blast. The other three from that group killed Monday were Amazad alias Pappu alias Daud. 25; Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq, 32; and Salik. All four were residents of Khandwa.

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The other two blast accused, Mohammad Aslam alias Bilal, 26, and Mohammad Aizazuddin, 30, were killed in a police encounter in Telangana in April 2015. Guddu, Mehboob, Amazad and Salik were arrested from Odisha’s Rourkela in February this year.

The UP ATS initially investigated the Bijnor case before the NIA took over in April 2015. The NIA had wanted to question Guddu, Mehboob, Amazad and Salik in connection with the Bijnor blast. “We wanted to interrogate them for the sequence of events before filing the chargesheet,” an NIA officer said. “We had got a production warrant from a local court in Lucknow and submitted it in the MP jail where they were lodged.”

(L-R Top) Sheikh Mehboob, Zakir Hussain, Amazad (L-R Bottom) Mohammad Salik, Akeel Khilji, Majeed Nagori (L-R Top) Sheikh Mehboob, Zakir Hussain, Amazad
(L-R Bottom) Mohammad Salik, Akeel Khilji, Majeed Nagori

In the blast, Sheikh Mehboob suffered burns on his face and hands. Police say he was taken to a private clinic in Bijnor for treatment. CCTV footage from near the clinic, they said, showed the SIMI men carrying away the injured Sheikh.

The six men had rented two houses in Bijnor and the UP ATS had filed a chargesheet against five residents of Bijnor district, including a woman, for allegedly “providing shelter and logistic help” to them. Husna, her brother Nadeem who owned one of the rented house, Rahees, his son Abdulla and Furkan have been in jail since their arrest in October last year.

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The police claimed to had recovered around Rs 9 lakh from their possession, reportedly was given to them by the alleged SIMI operatives.

According to the UP ATS’s chargesheet, the explosion took place in a house owned by Neelo Devi, 80, and rented to one of the SIMI men, Sheikh Mehboob. Nello Devi died a few months later.

During a search of the rooms, police claim to have recovered a large quantity of matchsticks, explosives, half-assembled bombs, a laptop, a .32 bore pistol and three voter-ID cards bearing Hindu names.

Communal violence, explosives cases

Among the eight alleged SIMI operatives killed, Akeel Khilji, 47, was a resident of Khandwa. The first case registered against him was in 2000 after SIMI was banned. In 2006 he was an accused in four cases of communal violence in 2006 in Khandwa. He was against accused in a case of Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act. He was once convicted and spent two years in jail. He was arrested from near Jaora in Ratlam in 2013 and was in jail since then..Aqueel’s cousin and Khandwa based advocate Javed Chouhan said families of Zakir and Aqueel have decided to move the high court to seek a probe in the encounter.

Majeed NAGORI is from Mahidpur town in Ujjain. He was booked for carrying explosives and under the Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act in 2013. After the case was filed, he fled but later surrendered in the court. His lawyer Parvez Alam questioned why someone who had surrendered would flee from jail.

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    Brahm Gaur
    Nov 1, 2016 at 7:48 am
    What about the terrorist sliting the throat of police man? Was he not human?
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      Sunil Sharma
      Oct 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm
      Another Beautiful false encounter created ,produced, directed by bjp in Mp the gujurat disease has finally reached MP . Extra judicial killing???? How come were found in one lt;br/gt;place same spot by the DUMB Bhopal Police DID NOT REALIZE THAT THESE GUYS ESCAPED that MORNING .lt;br/gt;LINE AND SHOT point blank WHERE IS THE HUMAN RIGHT modiji ??????? just like Gujurat . JUST SUPPOSE these were made to leave the prison " Jail BREAK" Stage and then SHOT. GOOD WORK. in MP Viypam murder and famous for Chambal Dacoits .lt;br/gt;We have a CM chouhan just like DAKOOJI running the state "JUNGLE RAJ"
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        DD
        Nov 1, 2016 at 2:34 am
        like madhuri sang in devdas..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hame maar dala hame maar dala hame maar dala lt;br/gt;Allah maar dala allah maar dala allah
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          Murthy
          Nov 1, 2016 at 5:15 am
          Here is what I get from these photos in today's I.E.: 1) The Simis are at least 150 metres away. So, 'point blank' it could not have been 2) Five standing on top of the rock, what were the other three doing? 3) The Simis could see the Police are armed and aiming at them. The best thing for them should have been to negotiate a surrender. Did they do that? Why not lie face down on the rock to show surrender? Or wave a white flag?
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            manil
            Oct 31, 2016 at 8:22 pm
            Sunil Sharma do you know you are the biggest , stupid laughable but ignorant here in our great country…just shut your mouth if you don’t know anything
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              Santy
              Nov 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm
              Good riddance of bad rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                Mike Ed
                Oct 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm
                ok p0rki.. The SIMI criminals who slit the throat of a policeman while escaping have a religion now. ? I thought criminals like ISIS, SIMI etc are animals and has no religion.
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                  v
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 9:36 am
                  What about the poor police man whose throat was slit in Muslim style. Don't you have any feeling for him. And is it your real name???? SK Delhi
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