BHOPAL: The blast in Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger train has emerged as a big challenge for the state police. It is being described as the first terror attack in the state and is being linked with the incident of SIMI under-trials escaping from Bhopal central jail and later getting killed in an ‘encounter’.

According to sources in the police, the case is being probed from all angles, including the possibility of the involvement of SIMI in it. Home minister Bhupendra Singh Thakur, while talking to the media said Ujjain had been the hub of SIMI activities and the possibility of SIMI’s involvement in the blast could not be ruled out.

The police were apprehensive that after the encounter, SIMI might go for revenge. The intelligence wing of the police was getting inputs that SIMI might strike after SIMI activist Safdar Nagori and 11 others were convicted by an Indore court.

The ATS is trying to find out from where the explosive used in the IED were procured and also whether explosives were being stockpiled in the state for mounting a major attack. The police are questioning suspects. Some persons have already been arrested from Piparia in Hoshangabad district and raids are underway at other places in the state. The police have also activated their informer network.

Growing terror activities in state

Madhya Pradesh, known as an island of peace, is fast becoming the centre of activities of terrorist organisations. The investigative agencies are yet to find out the persons who helped the SIMI under trials escape from jail. Many persons have been arrested from different parts of the state for allegedly being part of an ISI spy ring. The blast has only confirmed that the terrorists are spreading their network in MP.

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