As per gujarat police, SIMI activist from Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat were involved in Ahmedabad case. Could precious lives have been saved in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad had Kerala cops not "bungled" in a case involving some senior SIMI activists arrested by them in 2006?
Although a total of 18 SIMI men were rounded up from the venue, the police mysteriously registered a case against only five and let off the rest. The FIR registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act named five accused — Shaduli, Ansar Moulavi, Nizamuddin, Abdul Rafeeq and Shamas.
Almost two years into their arrest, cops are yet to even file a chargesheet in the case.
- Two of them — Ansar Moulvi and Sahduli — are now in the custody of the Rajasthan police in connection with the Jaipur blasts.
- A third one is reportedly detained in Bangalore after last week's serial blasts in the IT city.
- Nizamuddin fled India and is now said to be operating from Saudi Arabia, while the whereabouts of the fifth person isn't known.
- Shaduli's brother, Shibly Peediackal Abdul, was the outfit's key operative in south India. Wanted in the 2006 Mumbai serial blasts, he, too, was arrested in MP in March.
It is more shocking that two senior cops is said to have "sabotaged" the investigation and an MLA belonging to the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala is said to have called on the SIMI men in jail a few days after their arrest.