Police sources said the SIMI operatives planned to make IEDs and strap bombs to motorcycles, which would then be set off in crowded localities.
‘I left SIMI in 1985, before my son Umar Khalid was born, and when there was not a single case against any individual in SIMI or the organisation,’ told Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas.
Police were questioning them on the places they stayed while they were on the run and their local contacts.
The four arrested included the three fugitives, who had escaped from the Khandwa jail in October 2013, and their alleged SIMI associate.
The 3-hour-long operation jointly conducted by special tactical unit of Odisha’s Special Opeation Group, Telangana police and IB officials started late midnight at Mala Road under Plant site police station area of Rourkela, said police.
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A low-intensity blast had taken place on January 15 inside the Panipat-Ambala (64543) passenger train when it was stationed at Panipat Junction.
Rafeeq has reportedly confessed about his involvement in the Church Street Blast during custody.
The absconding SIMI activist was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) at Khandwa Thursday.
Several arrested SIMI members are reported to have expressed their desire to fight alongside al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Indian outfit is even reported to have donated money to al-Qaeda coffers.
The case had 18 persons in the list of the accused. However, the NIA made one of the accused, Rasheed Maulavi, an approver in the case.
The case had 18 persons in the list of the accused. Seventeenth accused Rasheed Maulavi, 38, was not charge sheeted. Instead he had tendered pardon.
Hafiz Mujibar Rehman will be in police custody till November 12.
The ATS constable and two others were shot dead by SIMI activists in broad daylight in the communally sensitive town of Khandwa in November 2009.
Shoeb Ahmed Khan alias Pusad Shoeb alias Tariq Bhai (24) was arrested from Hingoli and is the second arrest in the case.