Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Mar 1:
The five arrested Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives were today remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM)’s court of Odisha’s Steel City as their remand by the Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch ended today.
The court decided to take up the remand pleas of Madhya Pradesh police, Maharashtra police and National Investigative Agency (NIA) team from Bhopal to take them on remand for interrogation.
The five operatives who were taken by the STF to Bhubaneswar for interrogation were produced before the SDJM court here today 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.