Islamic Terrorism in India

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Hyderabad police hunt for 33 suspected Muslim terrorists

Posted by jagoindia on December 7, 2008


Hyderabad cops hunt for 33 terror suspects
Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad

Hyderabad city police has released a list of 33 youth from the old city of Hyderabad, who have been ‘missing’ for several years and many of them are believed to be based in different countries and allegedly working with terrorist and fundamentalist organisations like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

The list, prepared by the Special Investigations Team and the counter-intelligence wing of the police, ranges from the youth who were missing for last one-and-a-half decade to several others who have been untraceable since last year’s series of blasts in the city.
The police have come out with the list after at least two of the missing youth reappeared in the city with arms and fired at the police, injuring two head constables. The names of Viqaruddin Ahmad and his cousin Syed Amjad figure in the list. The police have already arrested Syed Amjad and was looking for Viqar in connection with Wednesday’s incident in Santoshnagar area of the old city.

The police sources said both Viqar and Amjad had gone missing soon after the blast in Mecca Masjid in May 2007. “When we learnt that Viqaruddin had returned, we tried to nab him to find out where he was till now. But he managed to escape after firing at the policemen. We have Amjad in custody and trying to find where he was during last one and a half years.”

The list of the untraceable youth include Abdul Bari alias Abu Hamza from Nalgonda. He is on the list of wanted persons for the last 15 years and the police believe that from his base in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Bari has been recruiting Hyderabadi youth for armed training in Pakistan and that he has links with ISI as well as the LeT.

Similarly, Farhatullah Ghouri alias Abu Sufian is also unaccounted for the last fifteen years and the police suspect that he too was an operative of LeT.

Another interesting name on the list is 21-year-old Shaikh Najiullah, who went missing in 2005 from Saudi Arabia. His grandfather and founder of fundamentalist organisation Darasgahe Jehad O Shahadat Shaikh Mahboob Ali has also admitted that Najiullah was taken away by ISI agents to Pakistan for armed training.

What has made the police worried about these youth is that their families have also not lodged any missing complaint with the police. It has made the police smell a rat.

The names in the list include:

40-year-old Zakiur Rahman, (missing for 15 years believed to be an LeT activist based in Saudi Arabia)
Mohammed Abdul Aziz (missing since 2004, believed to be activist of LeT)
Muqtadar (missing since 1993)
Mohammed Minhajuddin alias Faseehuddin, Abdullah Masood and Osman Bin Sayeed (all missing since 1998)
Mohammed Abdul Ahad, brother of Mohammed Shahed Bilal, (missing since 2004 and believed to be in Gulf)
Syed Aqeel (missing since 2002)
Aslam Khan (missing since 2003)
Mohammed Afroz and Syed Abdul Rahman Hussain alias Bada Sajid (missing since 1998)
Mohammed Sajid alias Chota Sajid (missing since 2008)
Afsar alias Mansoor (missing since 1998)
M A Qayoom (missing since 2004)
Feroze Khan alias Baba (witness of Task Force office blast missing since 2005)
Syed Nadeemullah Hussain alias Farhan (missing since 2006)
Mohammed Nazeer Ahmad, Siddique Bin Osman, Mohammed Hadi alias Zahed
(missing since 2002).
The list once included the name of Mohammed Shahid alias Shahid Bilal, and police has suspected his hand in several acts of terror and described him as a key operative of LeT. But his name was deleted after the reports that he along with his another brother Abdul Samad were killed in a Karachi shootout in August last year, a few days after the twin blasts in Hyderabad. However, the name of his brother Abdul Ahad figures in the list.

The police sources said they have already provided the list of these untraceable youth to the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external spy agency to take necessary measures for their extradition and to arrest them.

Police officials say while most of these youth were in other countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, some could have settled in other states by getting jobs there.
Mecca Masjid blasts: Missing Hyderabad men in terror camps?
5 Dec 2008, 0500 hrs IST, TNN

HYDERABAD: In a chilling revelation, intelligence department officials have said that at least 40 young men from the Old City have ‘disappeared’  since the Mecca Masjid blasts in May last year.

According to the officials, this list of 40 does not refer to those reported missing by the family or those the police want to round up for questioning with regard to their involvement in any subversive activities.

“These are youths from the old city’s lower middle class families. They are young and easily influenced by extreme Islamic teachings which glorify jihad and martyrdom. We suspect that they have slipped out to training camps either within or outside the country with the intention of returning and causing trouble,” said one official.

Viquar Ahmed, who was involved in the shooting incident in Santoshnagar on Wednesday and who is still at large, was one such missing youth. “Ever since the Mecca Masjid blast, he was not traceable in Hyderabad. He surfaced only 10 days ago and we still do not know where he was during this time. But the fact that he is now carrying weapons and is accompanied by other armed accomplices makes us suspect that he has been busy,” said the official.

Viquar’s cousin, Dr Sulaiman alias Amjad, a resident of Santoshnagar, has been similarly missing from the city for several months now. His family has registered no missing case or one of kidnapping, said one officer and listed Amjad as one of the 40 youths who could return to foment trouble in the city or elsewhere in the state or country.

After the Santoshnagar incident, the police are stepping up the hunt for these 40 youths whom they suspect are being turned into terrorists by jihadi groups. Another worrying factor for the police is that this list of youths does not include figures from Ranga Reddy district.

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