Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday claimed that SIMI activist Abu Faizal and two others who were arrested on Tuesday had links with fundamentalist terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban, which is active in the north-western Pakistan.
Faizal, who had escaped from Khandwa jail with five others a few months ago, was caught from Sendhwa Pathar in Barwani district on Tuesday along with Irfan Nagauri and Khalid Ahmad.
ATS chief and inspector general of police Sanjiv Sami said in Bhopal on Wednesday that interrogation revealed that Faizal and others were planning attack on some important person, and were also in touch with the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
"The MP ATS, with its Maharashtra counterparts, recovered three bombs from a Solapur house of Khalid Ahmad who was arrested on Tuesday, he said."
"Besides, more than 100 detonators and over 70 gelatin sticks were recovered from this place. These men were also in touch with the accused in the case related to Patna bomb blasts (which targeted a rally of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi)," Sami said.
"Apart from Faizal, five others who had escaped from Khandwa jail are still at large," he further said.
"MP ATS team searched places in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda in Odisha with the help of local police in its hunt for these absconding SIMI men, and found some money, but the accused had already fled," he added.
A group of robbers looted Rs 1,25,000 from a Gramin Sahkari Bank in Jharsuguda district on December 23. Sami said that it could be the men who had escaped from Khandwa jail, as the robbery was similar to one at the Manappuram Bank .