SIMI activists’ jailbreak: What they were accused of – terror, explosives and communal violence

Majeed Nagori, from Mahidpur town in Ujjain, was booked for carrying explosives and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2013.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow/bhopal/pune | Updated: November 2, 2016 12:30 pm
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THE eight inmates who were killed by the MP Police today were accused in a range of cases, from the 2008 serial blasts in Ahmedabad to a 2014 bomb blast case in Bijnor and for an alleged role in communal violence in Khandwa.

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Amzad Ramzan Khan, Sheikh Mehboob, Zakir Hussain and Mohammad Saliq were accused in a blast case in UP’s Bijnor in 2014, when a bomb they were allegedly assembling exploded. Initially chargesheeted by the ATS, the case is being probed by the NIA, which is yet to file a chargesheet.

Khan, Mehboob and Hussain were residents of Khandwa in MP and part of a group that escaped from the local jail in 2013 before being nabbed in Odisha.

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Mujeeb Sheikh, an Ahmedabad resident, was an accused in the 2008 serial blasts in the city. He was charged in the Ahmedabad case following his arrest in 2011 in connection with various cases in MP, including one related to a plot to plant bombs. A chargesheet had been filed in the MP case but the trial is yet to begin.

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Majeed Nagori, from Mahidpur town in Ujjain, was booked for carrying explosives and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2013. He went missing after the case was filed, but later surrendered in court.

The first case registered against Akeel Khilji, a resident of Gulmohar Colony in Khandwa, was in 2000 after SIMI was banned. In 2006, he was named as an accused in four cases of communal violence in Khandwa. He was also named an accused in a case of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He was convicted once and spent two years in jail. He was arrested from near Jaora in Ratlam in 2013 and was in jail since then.

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Khalid Ahmed worked as an autorickshaw driver, a scrap dealer and even a sorcerer, according to an official in Maharashtra. The official said Khalid’s mother, wife and five children live in the Vijay Nagar slums in the Nai Zindagi area of Solapur in Maharashtra. He said Khalid, 36, had had many skirmishes with law-enforcement agencies before the MP Anti Terror Squad arrested him on December 25, 2013, for allegedly being part of a SIMI module. A week after his arrest, the investigating agencies also picked up his younger brother Irfan, 32, who is now in a jail in Madhya Pradesh.

The official, who has “tracked Khalid for years”, said the alleged SIMI activist was a secondary school drop-out, who got influenced by extremist ideology “after witnessing a communal riot in his neighbourhood in October 2002”.

The cases for which eight men accused of being SIMI operatives were in jail before they allegedly escaped and were killed by Madhya Pradesh police

Sheikh Mehboob: Alias Guddu alias Malik, escaped from Khandwa jail in 2013, later accused in Bijnor 2014 blast. Injured in that blast, rearrested this year. In 2011, arrested in connection with a constable’s murder. Also named in Ahmedabad 2008 blasts.

Zakir Hussain: Alias Sadiq, 32, he was named along with Mehboob in the constable’s murder, was with Mehboob during the escape from Khandwa, and was accused along with him in the Bijnor 2014 blast case, before being rearrested together from Rourkela this year.

Amazad: Alias Pappu alias Daud, 25, part of a group with Mehboob and Sadiq – in the jailbreak, as Bijnor blast case accused, and part of the group arrested in Rourkela this year. Had been arrested in June 2011 and named in a 2010 robbery at a finance company in Bhopal.

Mohammad Salik: Alias Sallu, arrested alongside Mehboob, Zakir and Amazad from Rourkela this year. Accused in Bijnor blast but not part of the group that had broken out of jail. The Bijnor blast, being probed by NIA, took place while a bomb was allegedly being made.

Akeel Khilji: Khilji, 47, was a resident of Khandwa. He faced a number of cases, starting 2000 after SIMI was banned. He was accused in four cases of communal violence in Khandwa. Once convicted, he spent two years in jail. Was in jail since 2013.

Majeed Nagori: Nagori hailed from Mahidpur town in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh. He was booked for carrying explosives and under the Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act in 2013. After the case was filed against him, he fled but later surrendered in the court.

Khalid Ahmed: Hailing from Solapur, he used to work as an autorickshaw driver and a scrap dealer. He was among five arrested from Solapur by MP police in 2013. They alleged they had busted a SIMI sleeper cell that was planning to target “high value targets”.

Mujeeb Sheikh: A resident of Ahmedabad, he was arrested by MP police in 2011 in connection with SIMI-related acses there. He was later named an accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008. The chargesheet has been filed but Sheikh is yet to be produced.