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What is Students Islamic Movement Of India (SIMI)?

Students Islamic Movement Of India (SIMI):

Over 19 years after they were arrested, the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat has acquitted all 127 persons accused of “promoting a banned organization”, the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in 2001.

  • The Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is a banned terrorist organization that was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh in April 1977.
  • The stated mission of SIMI is the ‘liberation of India’ by converting it to an Islamic land.
  • It has declared Jihad against India, the aim of which is to establish Dar-ul-Islam (land of Islam) by either forcefully converting everyone to Islam or by violence.
  • The Indian government describes it as a terrorist organization, and banned it in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
  • In February 2019, the Government of India extended the ban on SIMI for a period of five more years starting February 1, 2019, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.