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SIMI underwent ideological change and split in April 2007

Posted by jagoindia on September 4, 2008

Key details of SIMI plans confirmed

Vicky Nanjappa
September 04, 2008 11:28 IST

Joining the dots has always been a major concern for security agencies while handling cases pertaining to terrorism.

However, security agencies have something to smile about now, with the alleged mastermind in the Jaipur blasts case revealing key details about the Students Islamic Movement of India, which infact corroborates with the statements given by Riazuddin Nasir, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative arrested in Karnataka earlier this year.

Both investigating agencies as well as the Intelligence Bureau are now taking a relook at the statements given by the various SIMI operatives. If one looks at the statements given by Safdar Nagori, Riazuddin Nasir and now Shahbaz Hussain, it becomes clear that the all important meeting at Castle Rock, which is around 80 km from Hubli in northern Karnataka propelled SIMI into a different league.

All the above mentioned persons have stated during their interrogation that SIMI underwent a change, ideologically, during this all important meet on April 25, 2007.

Nagori had said during his interrogation that there was a vertical split in SIMI in which some of its members had decided to take a more peaceful path.

However, the Nagori faction had maintained after that the only way to take the fight forward was by using force. He said that this decision came in the wake of a meeting at Ujjain. Following the Ujjain meeting, the SIMI cadres under Nagori met at Castle Rock where they planned the next course of action.

IB sources told that even Shahbaz Hussain confessed during his interrogation recently that they had planned a major strike in which they could get international attention. The initial plan warns to carry out a terror strike in Goa [Images] with the target being foreign tourists. This, according to them, would help in getting them international attention.

Nasir, during his interrogation, had said that he was assigned the task of first stealing vehicles and then driving them down to Goa. There he had planned to line up the bomb-laden vehicles and carry out a series of attacks. Shahbaz Hussain too confirmed during the interrogation that at the Castle Rock meeting they had planned a major attack in Goa. However, they had to cancel their plan as Nasir had been arrested by the Karnataka police.

The IB said that SIMI, which was more into providing logistic support all these years, wanted to come back with a bang. Although the Castle Rock meeting concentrated largely on an attack in Goa, there were discussions regarding a blast at Gujarat too. The plan to attack Gujarat was planned way back in 2005 during a meeting at Yavatmal in 2005.

It was here that Nagori told his cadres that the only way to fight was on a tit-for-tat basis. However, the plans to carry out an attack as early as 2006 did not materialise as there were differences among the members.

The IB said that by the time the outfit met at Castle Rock they had sorted out their differences and the meeting focused largely on the role to be played by SIMI in India operations. The meeting was headed by Nagori and was attended by the likes of Nasir, Hussain, Mufti Abu Basher, Peedical Shibly, Adnan, Yahya Kamakutty among others.

Nasir said during his interrogation that following the meeting at Castle Rock, some of the members met near the Hubli bus stand in a room where they assembled bombs. These bombs were carried to various parts of the country including Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. However, there were instructions to carry out the Goa attack first as the SIMI was desperately in need of worldwide recognition.

The first of the ideological changes that SIMI underwent during the Hubli meeting was that it no longer wanted to be identified as a students movement. The IB said that both Basher and Hussain, during their interrogation, said that they had decided to remove the age bar of 30 to be a member of the outfit. The membership was made open to all and also the clause of suspending members who went abroad was removed.

During the meeting Nagori had stressed on the fact that SIMI would take up the cause of Muslims worldwide and hence the word India would be removed from the outfit.

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When India nearly lost Assam to Pakistan

Posted by jagoindia on September 4, 2008

When India nearly lost Assam to Pakistan
Assam became a part of the Indian Union only after a tug-of-war between the Congress and Muslim League.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah made strong claims for the state’s inclusion in Pakistan but tenacious opposition from the Congress leadership in the state with Mahatma Gandhi’s direct support saved Assam from joining Pakistan.

The Assam Congress’s determined opposition ensured that the arrangement did not take off. The Cabinet Mission may have sought to preserve the unity of India, but it compromised with the Muslim League on the inclusion of Assam, a Hindu majority province, in Pakistan.

In February 1946, Pethic Lawrence, the then secretary of state for India, circulated a note on the viability of Pakistan. In the note, he mentioned that Assam, due to economic, defence and financial considerations, was to form part of East Pakistan.

The Assamese were aghast and felt this was a clever British ploy to keep their commercial interests intact. The Cabinet Mission sought to camouflage its real intention by keeping the grouping clause vague and created an impression that they were not serious about exerting pressure on Assam in consonance with the Muslim League’s demand.

On May 16 1946, the Cabinet Mission recommended that Assam and Bengal be tagged together to frame the provisional constitutions for the provinces.

The Mission laid stress on provincial autonomy and viewed that every province be constituted on a linguistic and cultural basis. The recommendation came by despite the appearance of Assam Premier Gopinath Bardoloi before the Mission.

Assam, Bardoloi said, had always been a separate state with a distinctive identity and must be allowed to remain in India under a provincial status.

However, Saadullah, leader of the Muslim League in the Assam assembly, suggested that the province could be attached to Bengal. This helped Lawrence in forming a belief that Assam had such a close connection with Bengal that its separation from Bengal was impossible.

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee was taken aback to find the Cabinet Mission toeing Saadullah’s line by tagging Assam along with Bengal.

The APCC felt that small provinces like Assam would be forced to accept a dispensation which would largely be determined by the majority of another province.
But the Congress leadership seemed to treat Assam’s case on a low key. It perhaps apprehended that taking up the issue at that stage might result in confusion and a stalemate of the larger priority of India’s freedom.

It was thanks to Gandhi’s support that the Congress Working Committee adopted a more responsible attitude to the Assam problem.

At one point, Gandhi even suggested to a Congress delegation from Assam that they leave the party if the CWC did not support its stand. “Satyagraha Karo Congress se,” Gandhi told the Assam Congressmen.

Ultimately, it was to Bardoloi’s credit that Assam saw the collapse of the arrangement. He successfully organised a movement on behalf of the province because he was convinced that once Assam committed itself to grouping, it would be impossible to extricate from it later.


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Kerala: Muslim NDF Party imparting terrorist training to workers

Posted by jagoindia on September 4, 2008

“Security agencies have noted that some Muslim extremists have infiltrated into trauma care training centres in Kerala.”

NDF activities raising suspicion
Wednesday July 30 2008 00:43 IST
M P Prashanth | ENS

KOZHIKODE: Last Saturday Deshabhimani daily carried a front page story with photograph of an NDF worker with a blade in his hand and blood oozing out of his neck.

The daily said it was one of the pictures of the training imparted to the NDF workers to make them hardcore terrorists. It said the training of the extremist organisation includes asking the cadres to cut their own neck and other parts of the body.

NDF leadership vehemently denied the allegation and has decided to move the court against the daily.

This is not the first time the organisation is facing the charge of giving ‘terror’ training to its workers.

In August, 2001, a bomb went off at Green Valley Foundation managed by the NDF leaders. The police officers who initially investigated the case vowed that it was an experiment in exploding bomb with a remote control device.

Later, all the accused in the case were acquitted. The NDF was also charged with imparting weapon training to its cadres. A group of NDF workers were caught while they were allegedly practising the use of weapons at a college ground in Palakkad.

Government introduced some restrictions for Karate training centres in the state following the suspicion that these centres were being used for weapon training.

M T Muhammad Ashraf, one of the accused in the Coimbatore blast case, had confessed to the police that there was firing range in Kozhikode where the cadres were trained.

Imam Ali, the dreaded terrorist who was killed by the Bangalore police, had given training in bomb making for some SIMI workers at a hideout in Malappuram.

There are also centres where the new recruits are indoctrinated. These organisations often function under the guise of centres for personality development courses, career guidance and religious teaching.

The Islamic extremists in the state find little propaganda material in the state as there were no incidents like the Gujarat riots here. The material they use are from other parts of the country which have been ripped through by communal riots.

The CDs used for indoctrination also contain the resistance movements in Palestine and Iraq.

Security agencies have noted that some Muslim extremists have infiltrated into trauma care training centres in Kerala.

They actively take part in the training for rescue and first aid. The actual intention behind this is yet to be found out.

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