Islamic Terrorism in India

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4 Indian Mujahideen men held in Mangalore

Posted by jagoindia on October 4, 2008

4 Indian Mujahideen men held in Mangalore

4 Oct 2008, 0343 hrs IST,TNN

MANGALORE/AZAMGARH: In a well-coordinated move, police and security forces in two states raided houses of terror suspects and busted a support cell o
f Indian Mujahideen in Mangalore arresting four of its members on Friday.

The special forces nabbed Mohammed Ali (56) from Mukkacheri, Ullal, a real estate agent; Javed Ali (20), a student of Ullal Quranic College; Naushad (25) from Subash Nagar, Pandeshwar, a construction worker; and Ahmed Bava (33) from Haleyangadi, Mulky, a petty shop owner. They also detained six others for questioning.

The arrested men may be taken to Mumbai on Saturday for questioning, IGP (Western Range) Ashit Mohan Prasad and SP Satheesh Kumar said.

The first to be picked up were Mohammed Ali and his son Javed, from whom police seized computers, two mobile handsets and material on jihad. Based on information given by Javed, Naushad was arrested. Naushad led the cops to the house of Riyaz Bhatkal, against whom the Mumbai police have issued a nation-wide alert. Five grenades and improvised pipe bombs were seized along with 12 mobile handsets, SIM cards and jihadi material at Subhash Nagar. Riyaz Bhatkal was away at the time of the raid.

Naushad also led police to the house of Bhatkal’s accomplice Mudassar (24), where a laptop, a hard disk, Rs 11.39 lakh in cash, five mobile handsets, passports, CDs and jihadi material were recovered. Ahmed Bava was also picked up on Naushad’s information. Prasad told TOI that intelligence had zeroed in on IM presence in Mangalore after a month-long investigation. He added that bombs for blasts in other places in the country may have been supplied from here.

The police are now busy tying up loose ends like the banks used for cash transactions, where did the funds come from and flow towards, etc. Prasad said experts would analyze the computer hard disks. He hoped a lot of information could be gleaned through analysis of documents seized.

Kumar said electronic photo identity cards (EPICs) were used as identity proofto procure SIM cards. The police also seized three passports belonging to Yasin Haji Razak Pothwala (55), Mafusa Yasin (53), both from Gujarat, and Syed Mohammed Irshad (55) from Koondapur. Kumar said they have to verify if these passports were genuine. One EPIC is in the name of Raj Gangwal (19), whose address has been listed as B-606, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police led by API Crime Branch Nand Kumar Gopale cracked down on the house of Abu Rashid son of Akhlaq Ahmad in Sanjarpur, in Azamgarh district of UP on Friday. However, no arrest could be made as Rashid proved untraceable.

Sanjarpur was earlier raided by a team of Delhi police and the district police on September 23 in search of Delhi blasts suspects. Official sources claimed that Mumbai team had wanted to interrogate Rashid in connection with Mumbai train blasts on July 11, 2006. The man, it is suspected, had planted bombs on the local trains that left a trail of destruction. Rashid, who originally belongs to Sanjarpur in Sarai Mir, seems to have covered his trail well.

Suspected terrorists detained in Mangalore
Friday,3 October 2008 19:37 hrs IST

– Mangalore: In a late night joint operation by the district Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and Mumbai Police, five suspected terrorists were detained from Daxina Kannada district.
The joint team led by A.M. Prasad, IGP, Western Range, cordoned off a house at Mukkacherry on Ullal-Someshwar Road and took two suspected terrorists into custody.

Based on the information provided by them, three more people were detained and taken to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

Prasad said that their names and other details could not be disclosed at present, as it would hamper the investigation. He, however, said all the detained were locals.

The police also seized five crude bombs, mobile timer and ammonium nitrate suspected to be planned for a blast in Mangalore.

They also recovered a map of Mangalore containing the details of key installations and other locations.

A total of 150 police personnel with bulletproof jackets had been in action. The house from where the duo had been detained was located near a Masjid. The police, during the operation which went for about two hours, prevented the Muslims from going near the Masjid. The eye-witnesses said one among the detained was aged about 15 years.

Mr Prasad said further details could be given only after their interrogation.

The locals at the revered Kukke Subramanya shrine in Daxina Kannada district, meanwhile, caught a person on suspicion and handed him over to the local police late night. On inquiry, it was found that he was deranged and hailed from Chennagiri Taluk in Davanagere district.

”The person, identified as Mohammed Ul-Hameed, was found reading the Quran at a choultry near the temple premises. He was believed to seen in Subramanya since September 29. However, had been sent out by the locals from Savanoor Kora in Puttur taluk where he was staying at a Masjid.

Prasad, however, clarified that on enquiry, the police have found that the person caught by the locals had nothing to do with any terrorist activity.

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