Bengaluru, Dec 29: The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had very recently launched two wings within the outfit known as the Electronic Warfare Group and the Ganimat ka Maal.
Now with a finger being pointed at the SIMI in connection with the Church Street blast, the Bangalore police and the NIA will revisit the investigation of Muddasar and Tariq both Maharashtra based SIMI members who were arrested in Hyderabad in October. [Latest Updates on Church Street blast]
Two new wings
As per the questioning of the two operatives, it was found that the Ganimat ka Maal was a wing aimed at raising funds while the Electronic Warfare Group ensured that recruitments took place online.
The Ganimat ka Maal is a wing of the SIMI which is focused solely on the finances. This group has found to be involved in robberies, extortion
Tariq during the interrogation revealed that they had launched this online portal called the Electronic Warfare Group in a bid to target recruitments online looking at the huge success this medium has provided for the other groups.
Muddasar told the police that the funds were hard to come by and they decided that an exclusive wing needed to be launched in order to raise money.
Ganimat ka Maal raises funds for SIMI
The job of the Ganimat ka Maal is to provide financial support to the SIMI. Apart from the incident at Karimagar, the Ganimat ka Maal has been involved in robberies in Madhya Pradesh as well. An officer with the Madhya Pradesh police informed that already they have been probing the robberies at Dewas and Itarsi and have found that it is the same group that is involved in these acts.
Who is Dr Faizal, a SIMI operative?
The original plan to set up both these outfits was suggested by Dr Faizal a SIMI operative. He had suggested that there should be several wings for different purposes. He felt the need to set up an online portal in a bid to increase the recruitments.
He always maintained that there is not enough online presence for the SIMI as a result of which the recruitment process was taking place very slowly. He also said that the funding ought to be self-sufficient and transferring money from other countries would only lead to suspicion.
Alert in various states
Intelligence Bureau officials based on the questioning of the two operatives had sounded an alert to the police stations in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bangalore Hyderabad, Bihar and West Bengal to be on alert as the members of the Ganimat ka Maal could try and orchestrate more robberies and extortions.