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2013 Panipat train blast: GRP Haryana to question arrested SIMI operatives

NIA had told the GRP that the escaped SIMI members were likely behind the January 15 low-intensity blast inside the Panipat-Ambala (64543) passenger train

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Updated: February 19, 2016 8:39:00 am

The Government Railways Police (GRP), Haryana is sending a team to question the alleged members of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives who had escaped from a Madhya Pradesh jail in 2013 and were arrested by police in Odisha Tuesday night.

Last month, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) had told the GRP that the escaped SIMI members were likely behind the January 15 low-intensity blast inside the Panipat-Ambala (64543) passenger train when it was standing at Panipat Junction.

Suresh Kaushik, Deputy Superintendent of Police, GRP (headquarters), told The Indian Express a team would be sent to question the SIMI operatives arrested by the Odisha police. “Since the names have appeared during the investigation of the Panipat blast, we would be sending a team which will question these people,” said Kaushik, who also heads the SIT which is investigating the blast.

Read: 3 SIMI men who escaped MP jail held

A senior GRP official said Thursday that the investigation team has not reached any major breakthrough so far. The police have already questioned around 300 people related to the case. “We are working on it and recently sought help from the cyber cell in the case,” said the official. The GRP had earlier sent a team to Madhya Pradesh but they couldn’t found much there.

Earlier this month, The Indian Express reported that NIA had sent a communication to the GRP that three SIMI fugitives may be behind the blast. The communication was received after a NIA team visited the blast site and later said that the samples taken from Panipat blast site matched those used by SIMI.

Seven persons, including six SIMI activists, had fled Khandwa jail in MP on October 1, 2013. Abu Faisal alias doctor, the mastermind of the jailbreak, was nabbed two months later. Aizazuddin and Mohammed Aslam were killed in a police encounter in Telangana in April 2015. The remaining three SIMI activist were arrested on Tuesday night during an encounter at Rourkela area of Odhisa. The arrested who have been identified as Mehboob, Zakir Hussain and Amjad Khan were living in the area for the past months, the police said.

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