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U.P. nudges Centre to ban SIMI
|The Uttar Pradesh government is reportedly pressurizing the centre to impose ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for its alleged contacts with anti-national elements. It is alleged that the SIMI is hands in gloves with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. It is also alleged that the outfit’s cadres are responsible for a spate of bomb blasts that rocked the country on the eve of Independence Day. No proof has yet been provided to nail the outfit.
The UP government has claimed that it is in possession of evidences to substantiate its allegations. It is learnt that the state government has sent to the central government an elaborate list of 27 'meetings' and 'disturbing' activities of SIMI over the past three years. These include:
» At a meeting organized recently, SIMI activists passed a resolution in support of Osama bin Laden;
» The SIMI condemned the government of India on the issue of Kargil and to go all out to ensure a free Kashmir;
» Provoking Indian Muslims for jihad and releasing a cassette of the ‘highly objectionable' speeches of Maulana Masood Azhar who was released in exchange for the passengers on board IC flight 814 which was hijacked to Kandhar.
Amazingly the list does not include the recent instances of bomb blasts, which the state government believes were inspired by the SIMI. Reports say that UP state intelligence agencies have investigated 20 of 27 such cases and submitted reports to the state government
SIMI has denied all the allegations. It was alleged that SIMI in a quiz competition organized in Allahabad on 10 September asked 'highly provocative' questions. It has denied that any provocative questions were asked in Allahabad. The outfit says that its cadres were harassed and illegally detained for this. The outfit has also denied that it said anything against law in a press conference it organized at Lakhimpur Khiri on 7 September. Seven activists of the SIMI were charge-sheeted in this case. The properties of the youths who did not present themselves to the police were confiscated.