Men arrested from Raipur have links with Patna blast accused

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The police have arrested two suspected terrorists of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Raja Talab area of Raipur on Friday just three hours after Narendra Modi addressed a meeting here. The men have been identified as Umair Siddiqui (35 years) and Abdul Wahid Khan (54 years). It is believed that one of them was in touch with the Patna bomb blast accused.

Raids are being carried out across the country to nab SIMI and IM operatives on the run after blasts rocked Modi’s rally last month. The police arrested them acting upon intelligence inputs that the Patna blast accused were in touch with Raipur local Siddiqui.

According to police sources, Siddiqui is an active member of SIMI. Also, Khan’s daughter is married to Ikrar, an absconding terrorist. The wedding ceremony took place a few years ago in Raipur but the police were informed only after Ikrar had left. Siddiqui was allegedly in touch with six suspected terrorists who had earlier escaped from Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa jail – Abu Faizal alias Doctor, Ejazuddin alias Ejaz, Mehbub alias Guddu, Aslam, Amjad and Zakir Hussain. Siddiqui attended meetings of SIMI in which the above mentioned men also participated. One such meeting was held in the forests of Raipur in 2011.

Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal told TEHELKA that Siddiqui and Khan were constantly in touch with SIMI and they have been taken into custody for interrogation. According to Pal, there was information of increased IM activity in areas like Raipur, Ambikapur, and Durg-Bhilai.

In his two-day Chhattisgarh visit, Modi was to address 9 rallies on 14 and 15 November. Although no untoward incident was reported during the rallies, the police are still interrogating the terrorists to find out about their plans.

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