Ratlam: Around 150 Muslims, including
women clad in burqa, gheraoed the Collector`s residence here alleging that they were being `harassed` by the police on the
pretext of being associated with SIMI and demanded an
immediate end to it.
The protesters, particularly women were heard of chanting "shoot us, but don`t harass us", last night.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Vyas
rushed to the spot and assured the protesters that they won`t
be bothered but the suspected banned Students Islamic Movement
of India (SIMI) activists will be grilled and dealt with
according to the law after which the gherao was lifted.
The protesters hailed from Ashoknagar, a Muslim
dominated area of the city.
Vyas said they have detained 6 persons, including a woman
and interrogating them for their suspected links with SIMI.
Police had cracked a whip on the SIMI suspected
activists after the killing of an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS)
jawan and injuring of his colleague by two banned outfit
members in a shootout on June three here.
Both the SIMI activists Zakir and Farhad were later
arrested. The duo was wanted in a broad daylight shootout
incident at Khandwa district of 2009 in which three persons
Police had arrested two persons who had rented out
their houses to Zakir and Farhad.