Two SIMI activists arrested

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Kochi, Oct 7 (UNI) Two activists of the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were arrested as part of further investigation in connection with SIMI meeting held at Panayikulangara near Aluva in 2006.

Police today said Abdul Hakim (22) and Shamir (29), both hailing from the neighbouring Thrissur district, were picked up by the special investigating team (SIT) of Kerala Police yesterday for questioning.

While Hakeem was detained from his home in Azhikode near Guruvayoor, Shamir was taken into custody from a private hospital here, where his father was recuperating.

The two were among the 18 arrested for attending a SIMI meeting on August 15, 2006. Both were later let off due to lack of proper evidence, Police said.

The two were booked for indulging in anti-national actvities and were produced before the Paravoor Court later in the evening.

In the interrogation led by SIT head DIG T K Vinod Kumar, it was found that the two were not involved in the recent bomb blasts in Delhi and Ahmedabad, police said.

Police said while Hakim was an active member of SIMI, Shamir was a former activist of the banned outfit.

The SIT took over the investigation into SIMI activities in the State two months ago.

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