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Shunned Muslims return to Azamgarh

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Shunned, they return to Azamgarh
Deepak Gidwani
Saturday, September 27, 2008  03:59 IST

AZAMGARH: On normal days, the Azamgarh railway station is mostly deserted. But it has recently started witnessing hectic activity with arrivals suddenly going up. The reason? People who left their homes years ago to earn a decent livelihood elsewhere are returning.

All of a sudden, Azamgarh is an apologetic address to have. People in Mumbai, Delhi and several other big cities have begun to spurn those who come from this tainted place. The Delhi serial blasts, the Jamia Nagar encounter, and the arrest of five ultras from Mumbai on Wednesday — all from Azamgarh — has altered the destiny of many who left this backward reqion with dreams of making it big elsewhere.

“No one wants to have anything to do with us any more. Suddenly, we are strangers in places where we lived for decades,” says Shamim of Saraimir, who lost his job in Mumbai. “My only fault is I belong to Azamgarh,” he laments. “There are a lot of people like me who are coming back now… not voluntarily, but they are being forced to leave by employers and landlords,” he says.

Whether it is the Godaan Express from Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai) or Kaifiyat Express from Old Delhi station, every day trains disgorge scores of people at Azamgarh . And bring depressing stories of hundreds who bear scorn and insults everyday only because Azamgarh’s reputation has been sullied by a spate of unfortunate events.

“I have worked in Mumbai for 30 years in the same company. My employer who has trusted me for so many years called me some days ago and asked me to pack my bags and leave. He said he might get into trouble due to my link with Azamgarh,” says Salim who was working for a firm in Santa Cruz.

Abdul of Sanjarpur, Faiz of Sidhari or Salim of Chand Patti, all of whom have been summarily dismissed from jobs in Mumbai, are asking the same questions: “What’s our fault? Why have we been thrown out?” But, for now, there are no answers.
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Indian Muslims in denial mode, sorrounded by propaganda, unable to face the truth

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


The relevant part is posted here. To read full article bySudheendra Kulkarni in the indian express go here
It is worrying to see that many vocal Muslim commentators have chosen to be in denial mode—denying the fact that the culprits behind the bomb blasts in various cities are Muslims; denying that SIMI may be engaged in anti-national activities; denying even the existence of an organisation called the Indian Mujahideen and insinuating, instead, that it is a phantom created by the security forces to give Muslims a bad name. “A fake encounter,” is how certain reports on Muslim Internet sites have described the Jamia Nagar incident. Some Muslims even to this day deny that Al-Qaeda was behind 9/11, claiming it to be a Jewish conspiracy to defame Islam worldwide.

Equally worrying is the tendency to project any police action against a suspected member of the community as action against the community as a whole. That the security forces must be diligent, fair and unbiased in discharging their duty is undeniable. Those who violate this code must be chastised and even punished. But to complain that the entire community is targeted when the security forces do their normal duty of intelligence-gathering and investigation is to handicap the Indian State, whose first responsibility is to protect the citizens, Muslims included. An overwhelming majority of Muslims want peace and are as opposed to terrorism as non-Muslims. However, the outcry that Muslims are being targeted whenever the police do their normal duty—or when the police cannot do their duty because of their failure to enter a ghettoised Muslim locality for fear of inviting such an outcry—strengthens the prejudices that many non-Muslims have about Muslims.

Indian Muslims need to introspect on another point: whether the shrill and persistent propaganda that they are a persecuted and oppressed community in India is helping or hurting them. This propaganda has no factual basis whatsoever. True, the Indian Muslim community suffers from certain inequities and disabilities, but this is substantially true about other communities too. There is nothing in India’s Constitutional order, in our democratic political system or in the secular ethos of our society that inherently discriminates against Muslims. Nevertheless, the propaganda that Muslims do not get justice in India, echoing similar poisonous propaganda that the Muslim League had mounted before 1947 as a rationale for its demand for India’s Partition, is being systematically conducted both within the country and globally. This has naturally influenced a section of educated Muslims, radicalising them in the direction of Islamism. It is high time right-thinking Muslims asked themselves an important question: should Muslim grievances—yes, they have many legitimate grievances—be addressed within the framework of India’s secularism and democracy or through the agenda being advanced by the Indian Mujahideen? They must also ask themselves a related question: are those self-styled “secular” political parties and leaders, who treat Muslims only as vote-banks, friends or foes of the community?

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‘More jihadi attacks waiting to happen’ — gift of peace religion

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


‘More jihadi attacks waiting to happen’
28 Sep 2008, 0447 hrs IST,TNN

NEW DELHI: Though most leading members of the Indian Mujahideen-SIMI modules involved in the recent serial blasts have been nabbed, security agencies feel the terror threat for India remains high with jihadi outfits likely to plan more attacks aimed at keeping police forces’ on the backfoot.

Though Saturday’s blast in the Capital was hardly as sophisticated as the bombings in Jaipur, Ahmedabad or Delhi, it was indicative of the penetration of the jihadi network and sleeper cells. The aim was as much to stir panic and uncertainty as to cause a few casualties.

The amount of explosives and the bomb-making lacked the IM-SIMI’s lethal techniques but has intelligence agencies quite worried about other modules and sleeper cells being activated in the weeks to come.

There are no clear estimates of the number of SIMI activists, but their ranks could well run into hundreds with several dormant cells in every major city.

Sources pointed out that jihadi outfits, as is evident with the interrogation reports of IM-SIMI members held recently, closely monitored media reports on the blasts and gauged public reactions. They could also try and influence opinion by planning attacks to sow and strengthen suspicion over whether those held so far were actually connected to recent blasts.

It is pointed out that SIMI has a history of working with Pakistan-based or controlled groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and even in the case of IM, links to LeT have been traced to LeT. The ISI mentors of these groups have often read diverse opinions over terror cases in India as sign of weakness and can attempt to try and sharpen that divide.

At another level, security agencies point to the somewhat unsettled conditions in Pakistan where the Army is being pushed to act against Al Qaida-Taliban and is also being pressured by the US to rein in and clean up ISI.
The civilian government is also being asked to prevent ISI from aiding militants who are engaged in attacking US-led forces in Afghanistan.

In this situation, ISI and Pakistan army are loath to check jihadi inflows into India, particularly ahead of the likely elections in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the reason why the army has not been too pleased with newly-installed Pakistan president Asif Zardari’s efforts to restart the peace process, which included a commitment that a meeting of the stalled joint mechanism on terrorism would soon take up the suicide bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, seen to be the handiwork of ISI.

The opening of trade across LoC is something ISI and the army view with suspicion. There is an apprehension, which is not misplaced, that trade, though limited, would increase engagement of the two Kashmirs and an economic interest might over time contribute to sapping the popular appetite for separatism. While Zardari looks to improve his domestic standing with a deeper engagement with India, the Pakistan army’s interests appear aligned in the opposite direction.

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The peace religion’s Afzal planted car bomb at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital: Islam in action

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Isn’t this ample proof that Islam is a religion of terrorism.  Even a normal criminal has some boundaries. But Islamic terrorists have no such qualms in murderous attacks on hospitals, of all places.

‘Afzal planted car bomb at Civil Hospital’
25 Sep 2008, 0309 hrs IST,TNN

AHMEDABAD: Afzal Usmani (32) was the one who had put together the bomb that was meant for Civil Hospital.

According to city police officials, “Afzal had not only stolen four cars, but had also driven one which was explosive-laden to Ahmedabad. Afzal had also accompanied Zahid Shaikh of Juhapura while planting the car bomb at Civil Hospital, which killed 29 of the 57 people who died in blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26,” said police sources. Zahid has already been arrested by the city police.

“After planting the car bomb, the two had waited at a safe distance till the explosion took place. Some of the pictures that were part of the third email of Indian Mujahideen, sent just before the serial blasts in Delhi, were taken by Afzal and Zahid,” police sources added.

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Three Pakistanis shaitans held with Rs 75 crore fake currency

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Three Pakistanis held with Rs 75 crore fake currency
27 Sep, 2008, 2018 hrs IST, PTI

MEERUT: Three Pakistan nationals were arrested with fake Indian currency notes in the face value of Rs 75 crore from Kankarkhera in the city, police said.

A team of Uttar Pradesh anti terrorist sqaud (ATS) arrested Riyasat, Akhlaq and Adil yesterday, all residents of Kairana in Muzaffarnagar district. They allegedly intruded into the Indian soil years back through Nepal.

Counterfeit notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in the face value of Rs 75 crore were recovered from them, police said.

Earlier, Riyasat was twice arrested from Kandhala in Muzaffarnagar in connection with a similar case.

Police are on the look out for other members of the gang, who are believed to be indulging in a fake currency racket for the last seven-eight years.

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Delhi blasts: Bangladeshi Muslims among 9 detained

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Bangla nationals among 9 detained
BY JEHANGIR ALI and RASHANT PANDEY
NEW DELHI

Sept. 27: The Delhi police has detained nine people, including five suspected Bangladeshi nationals, for questioning in connection with the Mehrauli blast. The five men were picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by the special staff of south district police, barely a few hours after the blast.

Police sources said two others, whose call records were put under the scanner by the police, were apprehended from the outskirts of Sarita Vihar in south Delhi. “The calls made by these people were suspicious,” a police source said. Two more were picked up from Mehrauli area.

While the low intensity blast at a market in Mehrauli is being seen as retaliation from terrorists following police action in the wake of September 13 serial blasts, such blasts have been occurring in the south Delhi area over a period of time. The police had also arrested some alleged illegal Bangladeshi migrants in this connection.

One such blast had occurred near IIT Gate on February 11, 2004, in which two persons were injured. The explosive device was a crude bomb manufactured using ammonium nitrate, potassium chlorate and sulphur.

That bomb too was “dropped” on the road by the suspects who managed to escape. It had exploded after a DTC bus reported ran over it.

Two similar blasts were reported at Lado Sarai and Malviya Nagar in January this year. In these instances, the device contained one-and-a-half inch nails and ammonium nitrate and sulphur was used.

The police had earlier arrested some alleged illegal Bangladeshi migrants but the trail did not go far.

However, according to a police officer who has been with the south Delhi police for a long time, the explosion at the Mehrauli market bore uncanny similarities to the device which had rocked the capital in the year 1996-1997.

A bomb with similar configuration had exploded near a nightclub in south Delhi on June 27, 1998. The police had found that ammonium nitrate, potassium chlorate and sulphuric acid was used in the bomb.

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3rd Saturday terrorist attack in Delhi, 2 killed, 17 injured

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


If it’s Saturday, it must be Delhi

BY JEHANGIR ALI

NEW DELHI

Sept. 27: Terror struck the nation’s capital again on a Saturday, this time in south Delhi’s Mehrauli market where a low-intensity bomb placed in a tiffin box exploded, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring at least 20 people, seven of them critically. Another person died of injuries late on Saturday night.

The attack took place two weeks after the September 13, 2008 serial blasts here which claimed over 23 lives, and exactly one week after the police busted an Indian Mujahideen module allegedly involved in the blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai. The past two incidents of terror bomb attacks in Delhi (Sarojini Nagar on Diwali eve in 2005 and the Delhi serial blasts of September 13 this year) also took place on Saturdays.

Intelligence sources suspected Saturday’s blast could be a retaliation to the busting of the IM module or aimed at stirring communal trouble ahead of the festive season. Union home minister Shivraj Patil, who has been at the receiving end from the Opposition and UPA allies alike for his alleged inept handling of the security situation, avoided the media. Late on Saturday evening his office issued a brief statement condemning the blast.

Deputy commissioner of police (south) H.G.S. Dhaliwal cited eye-witnesses as saying that two men wearing a pair black jeans and black T-shirts, riding a black motorcycle with a Delhi registration number, dropped a black polythene bag containing a tiffin box opposite an electronics shop in the flower market at about 2.15 pm. The market is barely a few hundred metres from the Qutub Minar.

“The bomb exploded moments after Santosh, a 10-year-old boy returning from school, picked it up to return it to the motorcycle riders, but it exploded killing him on the spot,” Vipin Chabbra, an electrical goods shop owner, said. Another eye-witness, who identified himself only as Devendra, said the men were lean. He said the rider was wearing helmet and the pillion-rider had tied a handkerchief across his face. Devendra’s two siblings were missing after the blast. “No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. We are investigating the matter,” Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. The police has detained nine people for questioning — five were detained at IGI Airport and two each in Mehrauli and Sarita Vihar.

The blast bore a striking resemblance to the September 13, 2008 serial blasts that hit Gaffar

Market in Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash I, the sources said. The ingredients used in the Mehrauli blast was a small quantity of ammonium nitrate along with sulphur and potassium. Ammonium nitrate was also used in the September 13 serial blasts.

“Ammonium nitrate was loosely packaged with nails, which acted as shrapnel and caused injuries. A small quantity of sulphur was used to create dark smoke and potassium was used as the trigger material. The bomb exploded due to friction with the atmosphere and contact with the nails,” a Delhi police official said. “Such bombs are usually made by militants associated with the Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami outfit,” the official added.

Police sources said the bombers could have come from Lado Sarai area, from where low-intensity blasts have been reported in the past. They could have fled to Gurgaon in Haryana after executing the blasts. Mehrauli is located on the border with Haryana. The police has sounded an alert for the two suspects. “Extensive checking is being undertaken to catch them,” joint commissioner of police (southern range) Ajay Kashyap said. Checking of vehicles has been intensified at the Delhi-Gurgaon border.
2 killed, 17 injured in Delhi blast
Onkar Singh in New Delhi, September 27, 2008

Two persons were killed and 17 injured in a blast in Mehrauli market in New Delhi on Saturday.

According to eye-witnesses, two men riding on a motorcycle dropped a black polythene bag in the market area and left. A 13-year-old boy Santosh Kumar picked up the bag to give it back to the bikers. They refused and fled the place, but the boy was still keen on giving it to them, when it exploded killing him instantaneously and injuring 18 others.

The injured victims were taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung Hospital.

One of the injured — a 60-year-old unidentified man whose cervical was badly fractured — succumbed at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences late in the evening, AIIMS sources said.

Delhi has been put on high alert.

The locals of Ward No. 8, where the blast took place, mostly shop-keepers, voiced their anger at the lax security arrangements in the national capital, in spite of the serial blasts two weeks ago.

The were also angry at the delayed response by the police forces, which reached the blast site late

“The public rushed the injured to AIIMS, not the police,” said an eye-witness.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the party condemned the incident and paid its condolences to the victims. “This is a war against India and the government of India should deal firmly with the terrorists,” he said.

Fire engines and ambulances were rushed to the spot. The shops in the locality were shut down.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil,  who received lot of stick because of September 13 serial bomb blasts, called an emergency meeting of senior officers, Intelligence Bureau, Research & Analysis Wing and Delhi police soon after the Mehrauli bomb blast around 2.15 pm to take stock of the situation and report to Sonia Gandhi.

“I will ask my officers to brief you,” Patil told journalists who wanted to know what he had to say about the law and order situation now, particularly when he is expected to review the terror situation in Shimla on Monday where chief ministers of norther states will participate.

“Special Branch is investigating the incident and after we get the information, we will share it with the media,” Delhi police PRO Rajan Bhagat told rediff.com.

BJP’s nominee for the post of Delhi chief minister Vijay Kumar Malhotra visited the site and expressed shock over the incident.

AIIMS trauma centre confirmed the death of two persons. Officers of the Delhi police requested the media not to speculate.

Former director general of Punjab police K P S Gill said that the blast looks to be a crude bomb blast.

“We will have to wait for more details. We need to rework our strategy against terrorists who are spreading terror by carrying out serial blasts in various cities,” Gilll told rediff.com.

Delhi has been put on high alert and its units are looking out for two motorcycle-riding terrorists who carried out this attack as they were identified by the locals who saw them placing the bomb.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the boy who was killed in the blast.

She said the Delhi government would also provide Rs 50,000 to each of the injured person and would give all necessary medical assistance free of charge to them.

Condemning the incident, she said, “It is sorry to hear that yet another blast has taken place in the city. Our government will give compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the dead and Rs 50,000 as well free treatment to those injured in the blast.”

Dikshit visited the hospital to meet the injured soon after her arrival from New York, where she had gone to attend a UN-sponsored round-table discussion on environmental sustainability.

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India’s tabloid television attacks police and supports terrorists, misleads viewers

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Telegenic terrorism
The Pioneer Edit Desk
News channels mislead viewers

Last Friday’s gun battle between the police and terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen in south Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has done immense collateral damage to the anyway shaky reputation of 24×7 television news channels. In treating a serious engagement with possible perpetrators of bombings that killed over 20 people in the capital only a week earlier as some sort of a soap opera, the news channels — almost without exception — resorted to garbage through the day. Unsubstantiated one-liners, plain rumours and bazaar gossip were immediately and instantly put on air. Networks that in other times makes much of ‘rigorous editorial protocol’ lost no moment in interviewing bystanders, publicity hounds and plain mischief-mongers. The police version was sought to be ridiculed even while a valiant officer was battling for his life. Suggestions that this was a fake encounter, that the terrorists had been ‘planted’ in the middle of the night, that it was actually a bomb explosion, that the firing was one-sided were heard from a variety of individuals. The distinction between vox pops and informed assessment was summarily trashed. The sense of anger the channels generated was perhaps matched only by the panic they spread. Nobody expects the news media to be part of the solution, but on Friday the news channels were part of the problem. They established their nuisance value and, far from caring to provide viewers sober, cautious information on a day that called for sobriety and caution, showed themselves up to be cynical and cruel TRP manipulators.

The police and the Government are not always right and, certainly, they are often guilty of misinformation. To doubt what they say, point holes in their argument, produce strong evidence to debunk them is bread-and-butter for the media. It is an obligation that journalists must fulfil. However, the logic cannot be extended to a complete absurdity. The police is not always wrong until proven otherwise. A news disemmination culture that sees itself as morally equidistant and neutral between policemen fighting terrorists and the terrorist themselves — or roadside commentators quick to say anything that gets them on the screen — is not adhering to the practices of good journalism. It is crippling its own reputation and inviting a strong public backlash. The opposite of embedded journalism is not irresponsible journalism. Unfortunately, jejune reporters and breathless anchors at television channels seem unable to treat a genuine terrorist attack and a chat show on a new film on a terrorist attack any differently. The newsroom is not a college canteen; on Friday more than one channel didn’t get that.

Every now and then, when they are exposed as perverts running fake sting operations, demonising innocent people — famously, a Delhi school-teacher was falsely accused of prostituting her students — violating the privacy of individuals, television news networks promise to make amends and frame an industry code of conduct. It remains to be seen whether this is a delaying tactic or a genuine resolve. If this so-called code of conduct is ever adopted, it should have a strong, well-defined section on how a channel must react when a terrorism incident is being covered live. The inquisition and investigation can come later; while the event is happening, the channels must report faithfully and not trigger emotionalism and fear.

The only thing worse than terrorism is a mix of terrorism and tabloid television — may India survive both.

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Indian Mujahideen community banned on Orkut

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008


Indian Mujahideen community banned on Orkut

New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) Google’s social networking site Orkut today banned a community named as ‘Indian Mujahideen’ following the serial blasts in the national capital on September 13.
“Google strongly condemns illegal activities and those that encourage terrorism and violence. We take abuse on Orkut very seriously as such activities diminish the experience for our users,” a Google spokesperson said.

In an email to media organisations, Indian Mujahideen, the terror outfit that had claimed responsibility for the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts, said it had carried out the serial blasts in Delhi.

“The communities and profiles indulging in illegal activities are a clear violation of our terms and condition. We treat requests from law enforcement agencies, coming in through the appropriate legal process, with priority in terms of reviewing them and take prompt and effective action if the content report violates our terms of service that prohibit illegal activity,” the spokesperson said.

On orkut, one can find communities dedicated to education, peace, health, Tsunami relief, the environment and discussing ways to eradicate poverty. PTI

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