Raipur, Chhattisgarh: Two suspected SIMI members, allegedly involved in procuring funds for the banned outfit, were arrested in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, police said today.
The police are questioning them in connection with the blasts at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's poll rally in Patna last month and also the explosions at Bodh Gaya in July.
Mohammed Saeed Abdul Jaleel (50) and Azharuddin Samshuddin Qureshi (19) were apprehended last evening, a senior officer said.
"Jaleel, a resident of Sanjay Nagar area, and Qureshi of Rajatalab locality were nabbed for their alleged links with the banned terror outfit," Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal told PTI.
With the arrest of the duo, the number of activists linked to the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) held from Chhattisgarh so far, has reached 13, he said.
As per initial inputs, Mr Jaleel and Mr Qureshi were involved in arranging funds for the banned outfit and also attended camps organised by the terror module being run by Umer Siddhiqui, arrested on November 14 for allegedly masterminding Bodh Gaya blasts.
Police said Mr Jaleel was running a medical shop at Baijnathpara in Raipur. "Azharuddin discontinued his studies and was reportedly participating in camps organised by Siddiqui," the Superintendent of Police said.
"More startling disclosure would come up further as the investigation progresses," he added.
Police had apprehended Mr Sidhhiqui, who runs a coaching centre in Raja Talab, and auto driver Abdul Wahid Khan (54) of Pandri area on November 14 for their alleged links with SIMI.
Police later held Sheikh Habibullah, Roshan Sheikh, Hayat Khan, Sheikh Ajijullah, Moinuddin Kureshi and Mohammad Aziz.
On Thursday night, three more suspects namely Mohammad Dawood, M Aslam and Sheikh Subhan were apprehended.