Islamic Terrorism in India

Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims

Kerala Muslim extremist held for Kashmir terror link

Posted by jagoindia on October 20, 2008

Also refer to Kerala: Besieged by Islamic fundamentalism

Terror arrest in Kerala
October 20, 2008, JOHN MARY,
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct. 19: Police today arrested a labourer in Kerala for suspected terror links after his cellphone number was found in mobile phones of militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kerala police said 37-year-old Abdul Jaleel, who paints buildings at Kadachira in Kannur district, had been getting frequent calls from phones found on militants killed in the encounters in Kupwara.

On October 5, Jaleel is said to have replaced a SIM card he had been using for nearly a year. On October 7 and 10, four militants died in two encounters in Kupwara. The police found the sequence of the events suspicious.

Jaleel, allegedly an activist of the National Development Front (NDF), initially denied getting the calls from Jammu and Kashmir.

But when confronted with the details of his old SIM card, he told the police they were calls from strangers seeking details about people here. Kannur police chief S. Sreejith said the SIM details were “solid evidence”.

Jaleel had been kept under watch after the police stepped up vigil against suspected militants on the basis of intelligence alerts from Delhi.

Jammu and Kashmir police initially claimed that some of the slain militants in Kupwara were Malayalis after finding Kerala voter ID cards on them.

The police and intelligence agencies stepped up efforts to find out links of outfits like the Students Islamic Movement of India and the Indian Mujahideen in Kerala after the encounters.

But Kerala police later traced the voter ID cards to two persons residing in the state. They said the cards could have been forged.

Kerala points north, makes terror arrest: There’s a Valley link

Oct 20, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram, October 19 : Almost a fortnight after a suspected militant from Kerala was killed by security agencies in North Kashmir, the state police today arrested Abdul Jaleel, 38, a resident of Kannur. Jaleel, an activist of Kerala-based right wing Muslim outfit National Development Front (NDF), is alleged to have had close links with the suspected militant.

According to state intelligence sources, Jaleel, had been under the police radar for some time now following law and order issues in his locality of Edakkadu in Kannur. A painter by profession, he was allegedly active in propagating fundamentalism. He had also taken part in a recent rally organised by the NDF in Kannur to protest against the Indo-US nuclear deal.

While tracking his movements, police reportedly stumbled upon several mobile phone calls that Jaleel had received from Kashmir till October 5, two days before the encounter in Kupwara in which the suspected militant from Kerala was killed. On the same day itself, he discarded the SIM card which he had been using for the last one year.

Asked why he had abandoned the mobile number, Jaleel reportedly told the police that he had been getting “pestering calls”. “Our probe debunked his claim. After the calls from J&K, he was in a hurry to destroy evidence,” said an officer.

According to the police, the calls from Kashmir were made from the SIM card recovered from the militant killed in the encounter on October 7. The Kashmir police had recovered two ID cards bearing Kerala addresses and writings in Malayalam from the dead man.

There had been several rounds of to-and-fro communication between Jaleel and his connections in Kashmir. Jaleel, an upper primary school dropout, is not very familiar with languages other than Malayalam. “As he knows only Malayalam, we could conclude that his Kashmir connection also hailed from Kerala. On this ground and other circumstantial evidence, we could also say they have been operating with extremists in Kashmir,” sources said.

Jaleel’s arrest is a major breakthrough for the Kerala Police, who now hope to crack the suspected Terror network operating in the state. After the serial blasts in Ahmedabad in July this year, the Gujarat Police had revealed that the arrested SIMI activists had undergone arms training camp at Vagamon hill station in Kottayam.

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