Caller sends Thane cops on SIMI hunt, turns out to be false alarm

A man had called Thane police saying the accused who escaped Khandwa Jail were seen at Mulund station where they took a Badlapur train and were headed for Kalyan

On Saturday around 10.45 pm, a man called Thane police control room, saying he had seen five Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members, who had escaped from  Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh on October 1, 2013.

A poster by Thane police about the five men, (from left) Sheikh Mohammed, Amjad Khan, Aslam Mohammed, Mohammed Aizazuddin and Zakir Hussain. They are members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) involved in three major robberies. They also planted a bomb on a Chennai train and are accused of carrying out a blast in Bijnor.

The man claimed that he saw them at Mulund station and they took a Badlapur local and going towards Kalyan. After the call, Thane Railway police went in search of the five men.

They checked Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan stations.

They also checked the Badlapur local in which the men allegedly entered. But the accused were not found.

According to a source, “As they were not seen, it was declared to be a case of mistaken identity. Photos of all the five are displayed at stations saying if they are seen anywhere, police should be informed. The informer’s identity will be kept under wraps. We suspect that after seeing this poster, the man called us.”

Vijay Kamble, Thane police commissioner said, “We get these kind of calls on a daily basis but it is our duty to investigate them. Regarding this case, we have checked the CCTV footage but no such people were seen.”

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