The arrest of the key activists including the all India chief of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), at Indore last week, is a major success for the security agencies in the country.
That this happened in a BJP-ruled state with the active assistance of the central intelligence agencies is a happy augury for the security scenario in the country.
The banned organisation has been linked to many recent and not so recent terrorist strikes across the country, and has been one of the biggest bugbears of the police and intelligence agencies.
The arrest of 13 key activists, including its chief, Safdar Nagori, and others, who are known to head some of the state units, should provide an opportunity to understand the network which has been allegedly planning more strikes.
The interrogation of these arrested activists could also help the security agencies to unravel the extent of their penetration, and also their connections with various other outfits involved in disruptive and terrorist activities.
Reports so far have even indicated that some of these activists have been trained in Pakistan, and also suggests a link with Al Qaeda and also the Taliban.
These arrests interspersed with those in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, some weeks back, indicate the growing network. What is important however is that these arrests should not just be seen as a success of the security and police agencies to solve cases of terror attacks, be it in Malegaon, Hyderabad, serial blasts in Bombay and so on.
It should pave way for the Government to understand the motivation behind these young adherents to take to the pathways of terror. This should be a reminder that many of these alleged SIMI activists arrested are not just unemployed youths being lured by quick money.
They are educated youths, some with good professional qualifications and coming from decent urban middle class families as well. Why such youth are prepared to jeopardise their careers, their family and their future needs to be understood, before the growing menace can be tackled effectively. Addressing this issue, just like naxalism, as a pure law and order problem, and hailing these arrests as a triumph of investigation, would not help matters.
What is also needed is that these arrests are followed up with fair prosecution methods and a quick delivery of justice. Allowing any delay in this would only instigate more youths to take to the misguided path.
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