Telangana cops leave after probing SIMI’s Odisha link

Balangir: A police team from neighbouring Telangana returned this morning after investigating the suspected role of the activists of dreaded terrorist outfit Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in a few robberies committed in Odisha.

The cops, who were staying in a hotel here for last three days, were probing the local links with SIMI, which came to light after Telangana police gunned down two of its activists in an encounter in Nalgonda district on April 4.

Reports from Hyderabad then suggested that the operatives of the banned organization were involved in bank and train robberies in Odisha. Telangana police suspect the SIMI activists were involved in the robbery in Jharsiguda Gramin Bank of Odisha in May last year and the dacoity in Dhanbad-Alleppey Express near Kesinga railway station of the State.

Sources said panic gripped the entire district after the police team left the town. “Following the reports, internal security system has been stepped up in the entire district and there is nothing to worry,” said superintendent of police Deepak Kumar.