SIMI activists’ jailbreak: Scrap dealer ‘influenced after witnessing a riot’

The alleged SIMI activist was a secondary school drop-out who, an intelligence source said, got influenced by extremist ideology.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Updated: November 2, 2016 12:31 pm
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Khalid Ahmad alias Khalid Salim Muchhale used to work as an autorickshaw driver and a scrap dealer. His mother, wife and five children live in the Vijay Nagar slums Solapur in Maharashtra.

Khalid, 36, had had many skirmishes with law enforcement agencies before the MP Anti-terrorism Squad arrested him on December 25, 2013, for allegedly being part of a SIMI module. Khalid had been lodged in Bhopal Central Jail ever since. A week after his arrest, investigating agencies also picked up his younger brother Irfan, 32, who is now lodged in a jail in Madhya Pradesh.

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The alleged SIMI activist was a secondary school drop-out who, an intelligence source said, got influenced by extremist ideology “after witnessing a communal riot in his neighbourhood in October 2002”.

Khalid is alleged to have moved to Karnataka and started working as an autorickshaw driver there. While he was there, in 2008, the Karnataka Police arrested him for his alleged involvement in terror-related activities. In 2013, he was released on parole and he returned to Solapur to stay with his family, the official said.

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Khalid opened a scrap shop in Solapur while his mother and younger brother Irfan, 32, did tailoring jobs.