Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Mar 12:
Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh police today took Mohammad Salek, one of the five SIMI terrorists arrested from Odisha’s Rourkela, on a 15-day remand.
Rourkela Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court had allowed MP ATS the remand yesterday; however, he was shifted from Rourkela jail today.
The ATS had submitted a special request petition sent by the Second Additional District Sessions Court of Bhopal while seeking remand of Salek on March 2. The Rourkela SDJM court accepted it and allowed ATS to take him on remand.
Notably, five SIMI activists Mehboob Khan, Mohd Salik, Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain and Mehboob’s mother Najma Biwi were arrested from the Quereshi Mohalla of Nala Road locality of Rourkela in the wee hours on February 17 after an exchange of fire with a joint team of Telangana and state police.
Three pistols, 11 bullets and seven mobile phones were seized from their possession. In addition to these forged identity cards and Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards were also seized during the raids at their rented house.
All of these terrorists belong to Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. They were in the most-wanted list by NIA and had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on their heads each. Earlier, they had escaped from Khandwa jail in 2013.