Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Apr 19:
A police team from neighbouring Telangana arrived in Bolangir district again on Saturday as part of their investigation into the suspected Odisha links of banned terrorist outfit Students Islamic Movement in India (SIMI).
According to reports, the team, after its arrival in the district, went to some places at Titlagarh and Saintala and interrogated some youths in this connection. Besides, it also picked an unidentified youth from Titlagarh railway station with the help of local police for interrogation.
Besides, the Tikrapada police have detained some local youths.
Confirming the visit of Telangana police team, Bolangir SP Dipak Kumar said the visit of he claimed there have been no cases registered by the team so far. However, the Telangana police suspect that the SIMI outfit is active in some parts of Western Odisha.
It may be mentioned that the Telangana police had earlier arrived in Bolangir district two weeks ago on April 3. The team, before winding up its tour on April 7 had taken a youth of a village under Tikrapada police station limits for interrogation. According to police, the youth was arrested for stealing a mobile phone from a passenger in a running train and later sold it to a person of a nearby village.
The Telangana police, in course of investigation, later found that the youth had link with SIMI who were involved in the dacoity in Dhanbad-Alleppey Express train near Kesinga railway station on February 15 this year.
The links of the banned terror outfit in Odisha had come to the fore after two SIMI members were killed in an encounter with the Telangana police at Janakipuram in Nalgonda district on April 4.
During investigation, Telangana police had come to know that the two slain SIMI activists—Mohammad Aji-ud-Din Mohammad Aslam alias Bilal— of Madhya Pradesh were involved in a number of criminal activities in Odisha, the two most notable being the loot of cash worth Rs 1.25 lakh from the Jharsuguda Gramya Bank on December 13, 2013 and loot of mobile phones, cash and documents from the passengers in Dhanbad-Alleppey Express train near Kesinga railway station on February 15 this year.
After seizing the documents from the two slain SIMI activists, a team of senior officials from Telangana had arrived in Bolangir district on April 3.