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MP: Nursery of SIMI men

MP: Nursery of SIMI men

Author: Suchandana Gupta
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 17, 2008

By all reckoning, that Madhya Pradesh has been linked to the Ahmedabad shouldn't come as a surprise to cops who've tracked SIMI terror on Indian soil. Five batches of SIMI radicals received combat physical training in MP in 2006-07, the police say.

On April 3, a week after SIMI national president Safdar Nagori was held from Indore, he took the police to an isolated farmhouse deep in the forests, surrounded by mountains. It was a one-storied house near Gawali village, on the banks of Choral river, 35 km from Indore. At first, the police found nothing unusual except for some literature on SIMI, al-Qaida and posters of Osama Bin Laden. Then they found a video cassette showing suicide bombers.

"At first we found little evidence that a terror training camp had been conducted there. But we went back with sniffer dogs and metal detectors. The dogs found the spot,'' recalled an SP who led the operation. "The dogs sniffed a place just outside the farmhouse that was dug-out. We found 122 super-explosive gelatine sticks, 100 detonators and switchboards packed in plastic bags and buried under the ground.''

On further scrutiny of the surrounding areas, police detected a firing range and bits of exploded petrol bombs.

Authorities are still in the dark about the identity of terrorists trained in this camp. But police claim at least 100 SIMI activists received rigorous physical combat training here.

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