Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Mar 2:
The Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM)’s Court Rourkela today allowed National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s Bhopal branch to take three of the five Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives arrested from Odisha on a 15 day remand for interrogation.
The SDJM Court allowed NIA (Bhopal) to take Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain and Sheikh Mehboob on a 15 day remand for interrogation.
NIA (Bhopal) had sought to take the three on remand for questioning them on their involvement in terror activities in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh police, Maharashtra police and NIA (Bhopal) had moved the SDJM Court to take them on remand for interrogation.
The five operatives who were taken by the Special Task Force (STF) to Bhubaneswar for interrogation were produced before the SDJM court here on Tuesday as their remand period ended on Monday.
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.