Baddi: Ringing alarm bells regarding increasing internal security threat within Himachal Pradesh, the Barotiwala police have claimed to have arrested a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activist on Wednesday night. The first such arrest in the state, police also claimed to have recovered a pistol and nine live cartridges from the arrested person, identified as Mohamad Akil Kureshi, a resident if Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
Police further claimed that his accomplice managed to flee while they laid their hands on Kureshi.
SP of special police district, Baddi, Sumedha Drivedi, is reported to have confirmed the arrest, stating that and a case was registered under sections 34 and 401 of IPC adn investigations were still on. Police claimed that the accused had come to the area around a week ago and was living in village Kulhadiwala. He was arrested as a cop grew suspicious of his movements in the area.
It may be mentioned that the Baddi-Barotiwala industrial belt has been witnessing a marked increase in crime after emerging as a major industrial hub in the region. To deal with the worsening law and order situation in the area, the government has recently created a separate police district of Baddi on the lines of Punjab, where police districts were created during the times of terrorism in the state.
SIMI was first banned by the Indian Government in 2002 for its involvement in terrorist attacks. In August 2008, a special tribunal lifted the ban but subsequently the Supreme Court reinstated it on August, 6, 2008.