The Mumbai Crime Branch officials are searching high and low for the six members of banned outfit SIMI who escaped from a prison in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh (MP) on Tuesday morning. Seven alleged SIMI members had escaped by breaking the prison wall. But the Madhya Pradesh police later caught one of the accused, Aabid Mirza, from Sarvodaya Colony in Khandwa. The others managed to escape with their guns, while injuring two constables, Lokesh Hirve and Suro Tiwari, in the process.
Mumbai is known to be the headquarters of the group, and officials conducted searches in various areas of the city, including Pipe Road in Kurla and Naya Nagar in Mira Road.
“One of the accused, Abu Faizal, is a resident of Juhu Galli, and SIMI had their headquarters in Kurla. Hence, we have kept a sharp watch on the houses of SIMI members. We have also sealed the SIMI office at Pipe Road in Kurla (West). Faizal might come to Mumbai, as all his relatives stay here. They might have friends in Kurla and are likely to visit the area,” said a cop.
The police also carried out searches at Borivli village in Padgha, Bhiwandi, which had a SIMI training centre. According to the police, they have always faced problems from the residents of the village when they go there for the arrests.
“When a police team had gone to arrest Sakib Abdul Hamid Nachen, an accused in the 2003 Mulund bomb blast case, they were cornered by 300 villagers and attacked. The village is a SIMI stronghold. So, there are chances that the accused might hide there,” added the Crime Branch officer.
The prisoners who fled from jail are -- Amjad, Aslam, Zakir, Mehboob (all from Khandwa), Ejazuddin (from Narsinh Yard, Kareli in MP), Abu Faizal (from Juhu), Aabid Mirza (of Oont Kuwan, Hatampura, Khandwa).
Those who fled
Amjad, Aslam, Zakir, Mehboob (all from Khandwa), Ejazuddin (from Narsinh Yard, Kareli in MP), Abu Faizal (from Juhu), Aabid Mirza (of Oont Kuwan, Hatampura, Khandwa)
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