Former Uttar Pradesh SIMI chief held

June 23rd, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 23 (IANS) The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) Monday arrested a former state chief of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Gorakhpur town in Uttar Pradesh, the police said. Hammam Ahmed Siddiqui, arrested in the wee hours of Monday, headed the Uttar Pradesh operations of SIMI before it was outlawed in 2001, the police claimed.

“A case was registered against him at the Kotwali police station in 2001 for delivering a provocative speech at a gathering known as Anjuman Islamiya,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Gorakhpur, Piyush Mordia told IANS.

Siddiqui was absconding since 2001 and was held near Gorakhpur railway station, added Mordia.

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