Islamic Terrorism in India

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Uttar Pradesh biggest Islamic terror hub in India after J&K

Posted by jagoindia on September 24, 2008


Uttar Pradesh biggest terror hub after J&K
24 Sep 2008, 0410 hrs IST, Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui ,TNN

LUCKNOW: Every time a deadly bomb goes off in some part of India and the police begin to investigate, the road to suspects invariably leads to Uttar Pradesh, fast emerging as the biggest terror hub in the country after Jammu & Kashmir. Of the 54 major terror strikes in the country since 2000, at least 45 had a direct link with UP, which itself was rattled by 14 blasts.

As parts of the most populous state in India turn into a terror factory, it’s not surprising that the two Indian Mujahideen cadre shot dead in Delhi last week belonged to Azamgarh, one of the most backward districts in eastern UP. And so are the three men arrested by Delhi Police on Sunday. In fact, almost all the suspects for the recent attacks in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi came from Azamgarh, where a manhunt is on to nab the terror suspects.

With a large number of young, uneducated and unemployed Muslim youth walking the streets aimlessly, the state has become a fertile ground for breeding terror. Terrorism, according to intelligence sources, began to grow roots in the state in 1985 when Azam Ghauri, a native of Andhra Pradesh, and Abdul Karim Tunda of UP set up a unit to provide logistics support to Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ghauri and Tunda, alongwith a Mumbai doctor, Jalees Ansari, had set off a series of explosions in the country on December 6, 1993 — the first anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. This was the first known LeT strike in the country outside J&K. Since then almost all major terror attacks have had some UP connection.

Terror outfits from UP have made headlines in the neighbouring countries as well. On October 1, 2005, HuJI ‘commander’ Mufti Abdul Hannan was arrested in Dhaka. During interrogation, Hannan confessed to have been trained in Peshawar (Pakistan) and fought in Afghanistan. But before going to Pakistan, Hannan had spent six years at a seminary in Shahjahanpur district of UP.

Although most of the terrorists from UP have been directly involved in the bomb attacks, some of them have been arrested for their role in other subversive activities like forming sleeper cells and dormant terror modules. In 2007, four persons, including two Hizbul Mujahideen men, were convicted by a Delhi court for possessing explosives and conspiring to wage war against the country. Two of the convicts, who turned out to be active SIMI members, were from Lucknow.

In June 2008, Delhi Police arrested a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorist, Habib-ur-Rehman, for allegedly providing logistics support to two Pakistanis caught with a large cache of ammunition and RDX in Delhi in September 2001. Rehman belongs to Moradabad district of UP.

According to intelligence reports, around 79 incidents of subversive activities were reported from 34 districts, including Lucknow, in UP between 2001 and 2008. Azamgarh, which is now emerging as the latest hotspot on the country’s terror map, tops the list of these dubious districts.

One Response to “Uttar Pradesh biggest Islamic terror hub in India after J&K”

  1. kaushal said

    their are various other factors which are provoking muslims to join terrorisms
    http://above-life.blogspot.com/2008/09/terrorism-and-young-indian-muslims.html

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