BHUBANESWAR: On the run from Madhya Pradesh Police after breaking out of Khandwa Jail in October, 2013, the SIMI agents had planned to abduct a doctor at Jharsuguda for ransom.
Confessing this during interrogation in custody of Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch, the terror operatives have revealed that they abandoned the plan when they found out that the Anti Terror Squad (ATS) of MP Police, hot on their pursuit, had already landed in Jharsuguda town.
After escaping from jail, the SIMI agents had moved to Sambalpur and Jharsuguda where they spent some time and hatched plans for a bank heist. However, they were unaware that the ATS was quietly trailing them.
Sources said the terror operatives had identified a doctor in Jharsuguda for abduction and were preparing the scheme. They had even stolen two bikes for their movement. “In fact, during one of those days, they came across a policeman of MP ATS who sported hair dyed red. They recognised him and took a train to Rayagada leaving behind the two bikes,” sources said. The STF is trying to trace the two-wheelers.
Interestingly, all this happened before Abu Faisal, head of the Khandwa Module of SIMI, could be arrested again after the jail break.
In Rayagada, the activists took shelter on the outskirts of the town. During that time, Faisal had also come to Rayagada to meet his team members and set plans for future course of action. Before any further plan could be hatched, he was arrested by MP Police. He is, currently, serving a sentence for killing of policemen.
However, his group members did not relent and went from one place to another. Interrogation reports said they had moved to Karnataka where they went to Bellary but rented a house in Hospet, about 300 km from Bengaluru. The SIMI agents posed as saree businessmen. “They had even purchased quite a big stock of sarees to look credible,” sources added.
Investigation revealed that they went to Muzaffarnagar with a motive to carry out a subversive act but failed. Later, their IED making plan went haywire following the accidental explosion in Bijnaur.
The SIMI members were a merciless lot and acted like mercenaries, sources said. After two of their operatives were killed in Telangana in April, 2015 in an encounter, they wanted to avenge their deaths and had made elaborate plans. The operatives kept a watch on the policemen involved in the incident but the plan failed. A Telangana Police team has joined the interrogation to seek details about their operation.
Similarly, the terror operatives also had plans to eliminate the witnesses in the Khandwa jail break incident, interrogation revealed.
In between, one of the members had gone back to Hospet to collect a sum of `15 lakh which they had left in their rented house. Most of the money was spent on treatment of Sk Mehboob, who was injured in the Bijnaur blast.