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7 SIMI members held following Centre's ban

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, SEPT. 27. Seven members of the Students Islamic Movement of India, including its city president, Athar Qureshi, and the secretary, Muqeemuddin Yasir, were picked up by the police on Thursday following a ban imposed on the organisation by the Centre.

The police reportedly received wind of the possible ban on the organisation last night and subsequently arrested the activists. The police are also maintaining a surveillance on several other members.

Police sources said the SIMI had a network of 100 activists in the State, of which nearly 70 were reportedly working in the twin cities. Two criminal cases -- one under Mirchowk police station limits in November 1998 and another under Santoshnagar police station limits in December 2000 -- were registered against the movement.

The cases were booked against the organisation for pasting objectionable posters and inciting communal violence. Members of the SIMI were also involved in two other criminal cases.

The other activists taken into custody were the former city president, Jawed Amin, the former city secretary, Ahmed, besides Ajar Qureshi, Muttasin and Fasi.

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