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Goa on red alert in anticipation of Islamic terror strike

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

Terrorist fears trigger Goa alert

BANGALORE/THRISSUR/PANAJI, Sept. 21: After Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi, terrorists were suspected to be planning a strike in Goa, sparking an alert in the coastal state where security was enhanced today in and around key installations and railway station.

Karnataka home minister Mr VS Acharya said in Bangalore that his government had been tipped off by the Kerala Police that a consignment of explosives had been placed aboard a train that left Thiruvananthapuram today for being used for a terror strike in Goa. “We have received information that the train carries explosives for a strike in Goa,” he told reporters.

A Thiruvananthapuram report said the Netravati Express bound for Kurla, a Mumbai suburb, was thoroughly searched at Thrissur today but nothing was found. Mr Acharya said the Karnataka police were “all prepared” to conduct a search of the train when it reached the state’s border. Taking no chances, the Goa police stepped up security around all the vital establishments and also increased surveillance along the railway station. The Goa police said they have received inputs from Kerala police about the train laden with explosives.

“We are on our toes and have kept all the arrangements ready,” the Superintendent of Police, Mr Atmaram Deshpande, who heads the state’s special cell, said.

“We are checking almost all the trains. The bomb disposal squad is also pressed into service,” Mr Deshpande said. Reacting to media reports quoting terrorists arrested in Delhi that they had Goa next on their target, Mr Deshpande said they have not received any such confessional statements from the Delhi police.  End

September 22, 2008

Panaji, Sept. 22 (ANI): Goa Police on Monday sounded a red alert in the state in anticipation of a terror strike. The State’s Inspector General of Police, Kishan Kumar, has asked all police stations to tighten security in their respective jurisdictions.

The red alert is sounded as we do not want to take any chance and we are undertaking intense checking of all the vehicles, Samy Tavares, special officer attached with the DGP, told reporters here.

Police said all vehicles, especially those leading towards the coastal part of the state, are being thoroughly checked.

Areas frequented by tourists are also being watched for suspicious activity. (ANI)

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Anti Terror Laws Explained

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

Anti-terror laws explained

A couple of days ago, Bangladesh(!) passed an anti-terror law giving immense powers to the police to tackle terrorism. The BJP has repeated its demands for the anti-terror law and the congress has slipped into silence. Deja Vu!

Some of my own friends were asking me why I was supporting the laws which were against Muslims. I was too surprised at their ignorance to laugh at that time, so I came back and wrote this post.

Read rest here

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A tribute to Indian police fighting the scourge of Islamic terrorism

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

Ways of tribute
The Indian Express
Posted: Sep 22, 2008
The funeral of Mohan Chand Sharma, the Delhi police officer killed in an encounter with the men accused of setting off bombs in Ahmedabad and Delhi, might well have marked a watershed moment in India’s history with its police force. There has been a visible outpouring of public emotion; ordinary people, not just police officers, turned out as a mark of respect to someone who all can agree dedicated his career, and gave his life, to stopping terrorism and militancy from impacting our lives. We have seen public mourning for military heroes, for political leaders; but never before has a policeman ignited similar sentiment.

Our police, in the capital and elsewhere, have a hard job to do. Lost in the discussion over laws and high-powered agencies is the fact that, in the end, even the greatest law and order threats are usually stopped or broken up by old-fashioned policing, by unheralded constables and sub-inspectors. They serve as the frontline of the nation’s effort against terror, and they frequently have to suffer both being overlooked by policy, and sometimes, the active contempt of their fellow Government servants. Consider the sixth pay commission, which categorised beat constables with “unskilled workers”. To think that normal, beat policing — not only the public face of the force, but, ideally, the most useful and first source for human intelligence — does not require skill is shocking but sadly not surprising.

The Delhi Police has over the years been at the frontline in tackling terrorism. But like police forces under threat across the country, it is under-funded, under-staffed, and underestimated. The beat constable, on whose observation Delhi depends for protection against unconventional threats, makes Rs 8000 a month. They get a conveyance allowance of Rs 30 — and it’s suggested that they use a bicycle. Problems extend to decision-making ranks — recent batches of sub-inspectors have seen unprecedented levels of attrition, sometimes nearing half the intake. The Centre can create as many more vacancies as it pleases; but four thousand posts already lie vacant, and recruiters despair of filling those to begin with. Working conditions and enabling training too require a relook. Perhaps the public grief and introspection surrounding Inspector Sharma’s death on duty will help make their job, and the job of those who eventually fill those posts, easier.

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North-bound trains from Kerala under surveillance: Islamic terrorism

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

North-bound trains from Kerala under surveillance
22 Sep, 2008, 0317 hrs IST, ET Bureau

BANGALORE: Police surveillance teams and dog squads along with railway officials have been put on high security alert on all north-bound trains from Kerala since Saturday night following intelligence inputs regarding smuggling of explosives.

Karnataka home minister Dr V S Acharya disclosed that state police had received intelligence inputs from Kerala regarding the possible large-scale smuggling of explosives in trains originating from Kerala and passing through state via Goa to northern parts.

State police had started checking all trains originating from Ernakulam, Thiruvanthapuram and Kochi and passing through Mangalore to Goa to reach north India, especially Rajasthan following the Kerala police intelligence inputs, Dr Acharya said.

The minister had indicated that Kerala police intelligence had tipped off state police regarding planting or smuggling of explosives in the Meru Sagar train which leaves from Ernakulam daily in the evening and passes through Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar and travels via Goa.

Inquiries with the railways confirmed that southern, south-western and western railway officials were put on high alert from Saturday night. Though police could not detect any explosives, elaborate precautions and searches were carried out covering luggage and even dust bins and unclaimed vehicles at different stations.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have already taken steps to install surveillance systems and closed circuit television systems, sources said.

Dr Acharya said the state police were hopeful of getting fresh leads when the suspects taken into custody in Delhi in connection with the recent serial blasts are brought to Karnataka following disclosures during interrogation that the explosives were procured from the state.

“We are keen on finding out whether the same culprits and terror outfits were involved in the serial blasts in Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat,” he said.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa also expressed concern over the revelations that terrorists had made Karnataka their base and were planning, procuring explosives and carrying out training in the state.

“We will not allow Karnataka to be made a base or hideout of terrorists,” he said urging people to cooperate with the government in combating the menace of terrorism and pass on any information pertaining to suspicious persons or activities.

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Abhishek Bachchan escapes Delhi blast due to traffic jam

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

Abhishek Bachchan escapes Delhi blast due to traffic jam

IANS  | Tuesday, 16 September , 2008, 18:15

A traffic snarl proved providential for Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who decided to turn back just as he was nearing Connaught Place to attend a function there Saturday evening – minutes before two blasts shook the area.

His father, Amitabh Bachchan, wrote on his blog, “Shattered and shocked he called to say he was alright.”

“Abhishek had left in the afternoon for New Delhi and was on his way to Connaught Place for a function he had to attend. Minutes away from there, the traffic became a snarl and he knew he would not make it in time so he asked to turn back. And the blast happened just then,” Amitabh wrote on his blog on Sunday.

Abhishek was here as part of a media promotional event and to shoot for the last scenes of his “Dilli 6”. However, he had to cancel his programme after the blast, considering the gravity of the situation, his father wrote.

“He was just not able to conduct them (activities). Cancelled them. It would have been too insensitive,” he wrote.

The veteran actor revealed that his son has left a decision on whether to continue the shooting to the producers.

“He has left the decision to the producers. Cancelling would be interpreted as succumbing to the threat. I wonder what they decide.”

Amitabh also expressed his grief for the victims of Saturday’s serial blasts.

“Jaya and I sit alone in the house, our hearts still with the tragedy in Delhi. What of those who bore the brunt – innocent unaware and victims.”

“We live in difficult times. What kind of an environment are we leaving behind for our next generation? Or do we not concern ourselves with that? We need peace and harmony,” he concluded.

The serial blasts – two each in Connaught Place and Greater Kailash M-Block market and one in Gaffar Market – left 23 people dead and around 100 injured.

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Azamgarh, major recruitment centre for Indian Muslim terrorists

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

Azamgarh, terror nursery in eastern UP
Press Trust of India
Saturday, September 20, 2008, (Azamgarh)

Azamgarh, the small town in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons and has earned notoriety as a nursery of terror, is said to be home to a dozen activists of the banned SIMI.

Once known for Hindu-Muslim synergy and high intellect, Azamgarh has come to be known as terror’s breeding ground, because it has provided a very fertile land for the SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and other such outfits to flourish.

Top intelligence and police officials now say that the arrest of Abu Bashar, a top SIMI activist, from the Saraimir area in Azamgarh, was not merely a coincidence but may be the first of many such arrests.

“There are many SIMI operatives in eastern UP but about two dozen of them are quite active. They are very active at certain times but mostly they are dormant. About a dozen of them belong to Azamgarh,” the officials said.

“We cannot pick them up without direct evidence of their involvement in the anti national activities,” they added.

They feel it is not surprising that the two terrorists, Atif and Sajid, who were killed and Mohammad Saif, who was apprehended in the Delhi encounter on Friday, belonged to Azamgarh district, said a top police official of Uttar  Pradesh, who did not want to be identified.

There are a number of sleeper cells of SIMI, which can be activated at any time and they are the real problem, they said. end
Dawood to Atif, ill-famed sons of Azamgarh
22 Sep, 2008, 0259 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Even before they could recover from the shock delivered by the arrest of a cleric from one of the villages for his alleged role in the Ahmedabad and Jaipur blasts, the people of Azamgarh received another rude reminder about their district’s fast-growing reputation as an active breeding ground for jihadi terrorism by the stunning revelation that the September 13 serial blasts in the Capital too had an Azamgarh connection.

Interrogation of the Indian Mujahideen member arrested in the wake of the bloody encounter that took place at Jamia Nagar in south Delhi on Friday took the Delhi Police special branch to Azamgarh.

It led them to conclude that a module comprising 13 terrorists, all of them hailing from the eastern UP district, was responsible for carrying out the September 13 serial blasts in the Capital, which left over 25 people dead and some 100 injured.

The disclosure has reinforced the perception that Azamgarh had emerged as one of major recruitment centres for the jihadi outfits.

Atif, the alleged mastermind of the September 13 serial blasts, and Sajid, who were killed on the spot in the Jamia Nagar shootout, and Mufti Abu Basher, join a fast-expanding list of notorious sons of the soil from Azamgarh, a list that includes several high-profile names such as Dawood Ibrahim, Haji Mastan, Chhota Shakeel and Abu Salem.

At one point of time, the best sharpshooters in the Mumbai underworld too hailed from this district, and Shahid Badra, the first president of the banned Simi, too had roots in Azamgarh.

Intelligence agencies at the central and state levels now have Azamgarh firmly on their radar, even as security experts and sociologists try to unravel the mystery behind the district’s brush with infamy.

Police officials who have served in the district in the past contend that Azamgarh’s tryst with radicalism began in the late sixties of the previous century, when a large number of people made a beeline to west Asia in search of jobs.

“As their numbers swelled, the district soon began to thrive on money-order economy. Pockets of opulence started sprouting, particularly in and around Sarai Meer, and they rubbed shoulders with boroughs of abject poverty,’’ a SSP-level police officer from UP told ET.

The increase in economic prosperity of a section of the populace also led to the creation of strong hawala network. Azamgarh at one point time had become a major centre for illegal money transactions.

The increase in financial clout of the people of this areas was, however, not accompanied by any discernible improvement in the educational status. “There was good money, but no good education. Madrasas, which had mushroomed in the region in the meanwhile, occupied this space.

Jihadi outfits out on a recruitment drive found it easy to work on children receiving education in these institutions by indoctrinating them with radical ideology,’’ the officer said.

The youth, according to another officer who’s done a stint in Azamgarh, were also turned on by the `success stories’ of Dawood Ibrahim, Abu Salem and Chhota Shakeel. “These elements became the role-models, reference-points for the youth brigade.

Now everyone wanted to take the same route to acquire fame and wealth, and also glamour, in the shortest possible time. Of course, the absence of any industry and other employment opportunities in the region hastened the process,’’ said the officer.

Officers working in the state intelligence claim that organisations such as Simi and Huji had been active in the area for quite some, scouting around for young impressionable minds.

“We had Abu Basher under surveillance for the last six months. We had inputs that, being a Maulvi, he was actively involved in the process of screening candidates for terror activities,’’ an officer pointed out.

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SIMI extremists take cover under other banners in Tamil Nadu

Posted by jagoindia on September 23, 2008

SIMI cadres take cover under other banners
15 Sep 2008, 0614 hrs IST, K Praveen Kumar,TNN

CHENNAI: The state police said many former SIMI activists in Tamil Nadu are now active in several Islamic organisations, which share similar ideology. They have ruled out the possibility of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists regrouping in Tamil Nadu.

All 21 SIMI cadres, who were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police after the organisation was banned in September 27, 2001, are now out on bail. The Tamil Nadu police had booked 11 cases against activists of the banned organisation post September, 27, 2001, of which four cases are now in court pending trial and seven are under appeal.

Sources told The Times of India that though the organisational structure of SIMI disintegrated after the ban, the threat from many individuals, earlier active in this organisation still persists, but not in the name of SIMI.

“The arrested accused in the Ahmedabad blasts had told the police about their plans in south Indian states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. They have confessed to having been trained in Kerala. However, they have not mentioned anything about Tamil Nadu. Till date, we have no inputs on the activities of SIMI or the Indian Mujahideen in Tamil Nadu,” a senior police official said.

Most people who were members of SIMI before 2001 can no longer function under the organisational banner as per a clause in the SIMI constitution . “The main deterrent is the maximum age limit allowed for the cadres. No one can continue to be a SIMI member once he attains the age of 30. The constitution of the organisation says that membership of every ‘Ansar’ (member), will be eliminated when he/she attains 30 years of age. This elimination used to be done annually on the last day of February,” a senior police official said.

SIMI, prior to the ban, had also enrolled a considerable number of school children under Shaheen Force, a sister organisation. SIMI had central, zonal and local representatives headed by a president followed by a secretary general.

All the postings had a validity of one year, the official said. The hard line followed by the organisation was evident in the oath, which the cadres took before becoming a member.

“The organisation offered two types of membership. Ansars are hard-core members who are bound by the constitution of SIMI. The Ikwans are friends of SIMI. The constitution of the organisation is against the constitution of the country. Their constitution says that no one except Allah is worthy of obedience, worship and submission ,” the official added.

Before the ban, the police had filed four cases against SIMI, of which one ended in conviction. An appeal in this case is now pending before the court. Further follow-ups were dropped in three cases after the ban. Four SIMI activists from Madurai were held in Ahmedabad in 2001, when they participated in an all-India conference of SIMI, held in Ahmedabad in 2001 after the ban.

However, SIMI’s name does not feature in the biggest case of fundamentalism in Tamil Nadu – the serial bomb blasts in Coimbatore in 1998. “They were mainly booked for delivering public speeches which caused communal tension and publishing articles of fundamental nature. They denounced the sovereignty of the Indian constitution and wanted to establish a world Islamic order which is against nationalism ,” a senior police official said.

According to highly placed sources in the police, many ex-presidents of SIMI are now active in several organisations . Professor M H Jawahirullah , the president of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) was an ex-president of SIMI. M Gulam Muhammed, founder president of Darul Islam Foundation was also an expresident of SIMI. The major leaders of SIMI in Tamil Nadu included Sayed Abdul Rahman Umari, a native of Tirupur, ex-zonal president, Senthil Kumar alias Muhammed Yahia, ex-Chennai city president, Mohammed Ilyas Qureshi, former zonal secretary, Sayed Muhammed of Nellikuppam, SIMI Shihabuddin of Coimbatore , Sayed Abdul Kutusi of Madurai, and K Allauddin, former editor of a Tamil magazine ‘Khilafat’ .


May 15, 2008:

The special division of the state intelligence busted a terror module from Mannadi which, under the leadership of Taufeeque, had planned to carry out major operations in Chennai. Police arrested three of them but Taufeeque managed to escape. One of the escaped accused, Abu Dahir, later surrendered before the court.

July 26, 2008:

The special division busted another major terror plot plotted by Islamic hardliner Ali Abdullah from Puzhal prison and arrested Abdul Gaffoor from Tirunelveli. The group was allegedly planning to blast historic landmarks like Gemini fly-over and the Tirunelveli collectorate.

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