Bhopal: The former national secretary of
banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India, who carried
a reward of Rs 15,000 on his head, was arrested here on Wednesday by
the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
"The accused Muneer Deshmukh (40), also a former state
SIMI president, was arrested on a tipoff that he was coming to
Bhopal from Delhi by Malwa Express," State ATS Chief Vipin
Maheswari told reporters here.
Around half a dozen cases, including five under Unlawful
Activities Prevention Act in Bhopal, have been registered
against Muneer, a post graduate in Environmental Sciences who
went underground in 2001 when SIMI was banned, he said.
Muneer, son of a retired professor Munnawar Deshmukh of
the city-based National Institute of Technology, had earlier
worked as a clerk in Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board, a
job that he got on compensatory ground after his brother`s
demise, ATS officials said.
He joined SIMI in 1996 and became its state secretary
the following year, they said, adding, later he was elevated
to the post of State SIMI president and also as its national
After going underground, Muneer hid in Delhi, Aurangabad
and Hyderbad, they said.