Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday claimed that SIMI activist Abu Faizal and two others who were arrested yesterday had links with fundamentalist terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban, which is active in the north-western Pakistan.
Faizal, who had escaped from Khandwa jail with five others a few months ago, was cuaght from Sendhwa Pathar in Barwani district yesterday along with Irfan Nagauri and Khalid Ahmad.
ATS chief and inspector general of police Sanjiv Sami said here today that interrogation revealed that Faizal and others were planning attack on some important person, and were also in touch with the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
The MP ATS, with its Maharashtra counterparts, recovered three bombs from a Solapur house of Khalid Ahmad who was arrested yesterday, he said. Besides, more than 100 detonators and over 70 gelatin sticks were recovered from this place.
These men were also in touch with the accused in the case related to Patna bomb blasts (which targeted a rally of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi), Sami said.
Apart from Faizal, five others who had escaped from Khnadwa jail are still at large, he said.
MP ATS team searched places in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda in Odisha with the help of local police in its hunt for these absconding SIMI men, and found some money, but the accused had already fled, he said.
A group of robbers looted Rs 1,25,000 from a Gramin Sahkari Bank in Jharsuguda district on December 23. Sami said that it could be the men who had escaped from Khandwa jail, as the robbery was similar to one at the Manappuram Bank here.
Police had alleged Umer Siddhiqui (35) who was one among
arrested SIMI activists, had planned the July 7 blasts at the Bodh Gaya temple complex in Bihar and also planned to attack BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during his rallies in Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The absconding culprit of Patna serial blasts Haider Ali alias Abdullah and others landed in Raipur from Rourkela after the incident, the police had alleged.
Allegedly, Siddhiqui and his associates had put them up in a rented house in the Sanjay Nagar area.
The other arrested were Abdul Wahid (75), Roshan alias Javed (35), Abdul Aziz (45), Azizullah (38), Hayat Khan (45), Moinuddin (37), Sheikh Habibullah (34), Dawood Barri Khan alias Babloo (38), Mohammed Aslam Latif Khan (28), Sheikh Subhan Usman (48), Mohammed Azharuddin (19), Mohammed Syed (50), Ammar Bin Wahid (19) and Salim Ahmed (43).
Umer and Azharuddin are in the custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Patna, while others are lodged in Raipur Central Jail.