May 18, 2016 5:12:04 am
Days after a Facebook post in which he questioned the Delhi Police claim about busting a “jihadist cell”, an alleged member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was arrested in Bhilwara district.
Announcing the arrest on Tuesday, police claimed Imran Khan was arrested in a “case of 2008”.
“We caught the SIMI activist Imran Khan in a case of 2008,” said Alok Tripathi, ADG, Anti-Terrorism Squad. He said Khan would remain in police custody till Wednesday, and would be produced in court on Thursday.
A resident of Jodhpur, Imran Khan was working at Sangam School of Excellence in Bhilwara since 2009.
In his last Facebook post on May 9, Khan shared a blog from a Hindi news website about an alleged “jihadist cell” which the Delhi Police claimed to have busted. Quoting the blog, he said: “Since bomb-making material was seized from 13 persons, all of them must have been terrorists. Okay? But how come 10 out of 13 were released.”
“Some persons had allegedly organised a meeting of SIMI members in 2008 in Kota and Jodhpur. Imran was among those involved,” said ATS DIG B L Meena.
“There were a few alleged SIMI members who were absconding and the case was pending. Imran was among those persons and had been hiding in Bhilwara since then,” said Rajasthan ATS chief Alok Tripathi. He said a Gujarat ATS team accompanied the Rajasthan ATS officials who picked up Khan.
Gujarat ATS sources said Khan’s whereabouts were revealed by Mohammed Suwale Umar, a suspected SIMI activist wanted in a case of “jihadi conspiracy” who was arrested earlier this month.
“Suwale and Imran were never absconding. Suwale runs a furniture shop in Jodhpur while Imran settled in Bhilwara, where he got a job at a prestigious school. The police never questioned their relatives or knocked on their doors, but labelled them as absconding,” said Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) leader and lawyer Paker Farooq.
Meanwhile, Sangam School principal Madhu Nagpal said, “Imran was a computer analyst at our school and had been employed since 2009. There was nothing to be suspicious about and he was a very dedicated person.”
According to Nagpal, Khan was arrested on May 12. “He did not reside on the campus but stayed with his family,” she said. Stating that he “was very honest”, she said there wasn’t “a single incident” when he had conducted himself unprofessionally.
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