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SIMI leader Safdar Nagori was in city

Marri Ramu

HYDERABAD: How strong is the network of the outlawed Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in and around the State capital?

Finding an answer to this question has become crucial for police here amid reports that SIMI could be behind the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad and that Hyderabad could be the next target.

Investigators say that, of late, attempts were made to strengthen SIMI in Andhra Pradesh.

Interaction with youths

This is not without basis. SIMI’s general secretary and top jihadi ideologue Safdar Nagori, who was arrested in Indore recently, had visited Hyderabad earlier. Nagori, believed to have reinforced the banned organisation and masterminded several terror attacks, had met some youths at Saidabad.

Police sources say that among those who met the SIMI’s top leader was Raziuddin Nasir, a Hyderabadi terror suspect held in Karnataka. Nagori reportedly discussed plans of SIMI and the diversified views of two groups within the organisation on how to take the movement further.

Some locals from Saidabad reportedly provided shelter to Nagori. Nasir had handed over some jihadi literature and copies of CDs to Nagori. Police say the SIMI leader’s stay in Hyderabad and his interaction with some associates was subsequently admitted by some terror suspects like Nasir.

Terror links

Apart from Nagori, a second rung leader of SIMI, Adnan, was also believed to have visited the city. Mohthasim Billa, a Hyderabadi youth from Saidabad, who was arrested earlier, reportedly had links with Adnan. Police sources maintained that some students from Andhra Pradesh had attended the SIMI meetings organised by Adnan in Karnataka.

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