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Escaped SIMI members major security threat, CCTV shows them fleeing after Bijnor blast

Dec 14, 2014 08:45 AM IST India India
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New Delhi/Mumbai: As the five operatives of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa in October 2013 emerge as the biggest internal security threat to India, CNN-IBN has accessed CCTV footage which shows the five fugitives after an explosion in Bijnor in September 2014.

The video shows the five operatives - Aizazuddin, Amjad, Aslam Ayub, Zakir Hussain and Mehboob alias Guddu- escaping after the blast. They were all spotted in the video seeking medical attention after getting injured in an accidental blast while making bombs.

According to sources, the Bijnor attack was planned somewhere in the National Capital Region.

The operatives are also suspected to have carried out a blast in Pune in July 2014. According to anti-terror agencies, these five fugitives could be chalking out plans for another terror attack.

Mumbai Police has sounded an alert to all 93 police stations in the metro following an Intelligence Bureau input about a possible terror strike in the city.

With almost all the known names of the homegrown terror groups already behind bars, these SIMI cadres have emerged as one of the biggest internal security threats to the country.

What makes it all the more dangerous is that despite the top agencies chasing them for more than an year now, the fugitives continue to remain at large. Sources say the SIMI activists unlike Indian Mujahideen do not leave any trail behind, thus making the job even more tougher for top security agencies.

Since their jailbreak in October 2013, the five SIMI operatives have traveled to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, say sources.