Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday conceded that former chief of banned Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Safdar Nagori, had completed his graduation and earned degree in journalism from Vikram University, Ujjain while he was announced absconder.

The revelation came to light when the State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta was answering a written question from BJP legislator Yashpal Singh Sisodiya. Gupta said that both the degrees were taken by Nagori when the SIMI was not banned.

Nagori was, however, declared absconder in December 2000 by Mahakal police station, Gupta said and added no patronage was provided to him in attaining the degrees.
Questions regarding Nagori and the SIMI were also raised by Congress MLA Arif Akil's and BJP legislator Vishwas Sarang. While answering to them Gupta said, “25 SIMI activists have been arrested yet from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Khandwa and other districts in the state."

Gupta said that four activists from Bhopal and 13 from Khandwa have been arrested. Special Task Force and Anti Terrorism Squad arrested 8 SIMI activists.