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- ➘ E. ABUBACKER, 72, Member, National Executive Council (arrested)

➘ OVUNGAL ABDUL SALAM, 49 Chairman (arrested)

Earlier employed with the Kerala State Electricit­y Board as a senior assistant, he was sacked by the government for travelling to Gulf countries (six times) without taking permission. A former SIMI member, he belongs to Pattarkula­m near Manjeri in Malappuram district

➘ E.M. ABDUL RAHIMAN, 58 Vice-chairman (arrested)

A science graduate who also holds a master’s degree in political science, he’s a former librarian and a fiery orator and writer

➘ PARAPPURAT­H KOYA, 72 Ideologue (arrested)

Also known as Kaleem, he is known for his oratory, radical views and is well networked with global Islamic organisati­ons. A former English professor, he also holds a law degree. Was a member of SIMI

A founding member, Abubacker is a former high school Arabic teacher. He also headed the political wing, SDPI. The Kerala president of SIMI in 1982, he is also a founder member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board. He founded Rehab India Foundation, an NGO run by the PFI. Well-known for his organising skills, Islamic network and radical views

➘ NASARUDHEE­N ELAMARAM, 54 National Secretary (arrested)

A matriculat­e, Elamaram reportedly has great organising skills. Known for his radical stand and provocativ­e speeches

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