New Delhi, Feb 22: There has been a relatively quiet investigation that is being carried out in Odisha after the arrest of suspected SIMI members last week. In the year 2013 five members of the SIMI had broken out of the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh and remained at large until recently.
While two were killed in an encounter last year, three others were recently arrested at Rourkela in Odisha. This module was being blamed for a series of incidents that took place in the country, but with the probe going deeper, it has been found that they were involved more in robberies rather than acts of terror. Their names have been associated with robberies in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
The amount looted was allegedly handed over to other members of the SIMI. Investigators have found that the money looted from these banks were shared with a Ranchi module that carried out the Patna blasts in a bid to assassinate Narendra Modi who at that time was running for Prime Minister.
They had no money:
When the police nabbed the three persons at Rourkela last week, they found that none of them had much money on them. They had been accused of looting three banks between 2013 and 2014 in which they had done away with gold and cash almost to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore.
The question is what happened to all this money, if these were the persons involved in the incident. An officer part of the investigation says that the trail leads to Ranchi and Khandwa.
It is being alleged that the money was handed over to some operatives in these places. The handing over of the money to the Ranchi module is particularly interesting considering that it was the same module which undertook both the Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts.
The NIA which probed both the above mentioned cases had zeroed in on the Ranchi module. The NIA said that it was this module headed by Haider Ali which carried out both the blasts. The Patna blasts was targeted at Narendra Modi.
The ongoing investigation suggests that these youth who had undertaken the robbery had shared a portion of the loot with the Ranchi module headed by Haider Ali.