Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Mar 10:
A local court in Odisha today allowed anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh police to take a Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative arrested from Rourkela this February on remand.
The Rourkela Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court allowed the investigating agency to take the operative Mohammad Salik on a 15-day remand for further interrogation.
Notably, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has already taken three other arrested SIMI terrorists—Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain and Sheikh Mehmoob— on 15-day remand to New Delhi for further interrogation on March 2.
The court had allowed NIA (Bhopal) to take the trio on remand for questioning them on their involvement in terror activities in Madhya Pradesh.
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.