Madhya Pradesh: Low on terror strikes, high on anti-national activities

Madhya Pradesh has been in the news twice in two years. Jail breaks involving SIMI activists were reported from Khandwa in 2014 and Bhopal this year

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Bengaluru, Nov 22: If one were to notice, Madhya Pradesh has not witnessed a major terrorist attack in recent times. While this is something to cheer about, there is another side to the story.

There have been several cases relating to terror activities which would include jail breaks, setting up of modules among others. Statistics show that there have been a large number of anti-national acts reported from this state. In 2014 there were 25 such acts and in the 2015 the number was at 15.

MP high on anti-national activities

Madhya Pradesh has been in the news twice in two years. Jail breaks involving SIMI activists were reported from Khandwa in 2014 and Bhopal this year. While cases relating to recruitments and spying have been reported in large numbers, one must also bear in mind the fake currency cases that have been reported from this state.

High on anti-national acts

There have been over 90 such cases reported from MP since 2007. Each of the years cases have been registered and by 2014, the number had jumped to 25. Anti-nationals have used Madhya Pradesh as a transit point to pump in fake currency and explosives.

There is a supply chain which has been created in MP from where anti-national elements such as naxalites too get their share of explosives. The police have bust several ISI linked cells in MP which have been dealing with recruits and supply of arms and ammunition.

A case involved two accused persons Imran Khan and Wasim Khan led to the busting of a module linked to Shafi Armar, a former Indian Mujahideen operative, who went on to run a cell for the Indian wing of the ISIS.

Also read: The Great SIMI escape: Who inside the jail helped them?

Anti-nationals have found it easy to operate in the state thanks to the well-oiled module that was set up by the SIMI. The SIMI was a strong outfit in this state thanks to Safdar Nagori-the man who set up the radical version of the SIMI. Most of the SIMI operatives are in MP and there are a good number who are lodged in jails as well.

While the state police have been cracking down on most of these modules, Intelligence Bureau officials say that the SIMI would look to revive itself from MP. SIMI finds its roots deep in the state and hence finds it easier to operate.

It has become a regular affair for the ATS in the state to keep a tab on such activity. There are modules and micro modules within the state which help anti-national acts.

One could say that over the years, the problem had been underestimated as a result of which these modules have become extremely strong.

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