SIMI camp: Kerala cops failed to take MP police help

via Pioneer News Service | Kochi published on November 16, 2008

Amidst allegations about the lack of alertness of the Kerala Police in follwing up on the cases relating to terrorist operations, the Madhya Pradesh Police on Saturday said that the Kerala Police had not so far contacted them even after they had arrested three SIMI leaders who had participated in the training camp the extremists had held at Vagamon hill resort in Idukki district in December last.

The MP Police pointed out that the Kerala Police could interrogate the arrested ultras if they so desired. Pawan Srivastava, head of the anti-terror squad of the Madhya Pradesh Police, sent a letter to Kerala Director General of Police Raman Srivastava, making this clear. He said in Bhopal that a fax message would be sent to the Kerala DGP on the matter.

Srivastava also said special probe teams from Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajastan, and Andhra Pradesh had reached Madhya Pradesh to interrogate the arrested SIMI extremists. The three SIMI leaders arrested in Madhya Pradesh, and who had taken part in the camp at Vagamon, were Sasdar Nagori, Qayamuddin Kapadia and Malayalee Shibili Peediyekkal.

It was the Gujarat Director General of Police who had first confirmed the reports that SIMI had held high-altitude training camp at Vagamon in December last. After this, several squads from Kerala Police had held inquiries at Thangalppara, Vagamon, but reports said that they had not been able to get any conclusive evidences.

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