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Most of 21 Indian Mujahideen accused of terrorism hail from Azamgarh

Posted by jagoindia on February 24, 2009

Feb 18, 2009
Most IM men from Azamgarh
Rahi Gaikwad

MUMBAI: A sizeable number of the 21 Indian Mujahideen men, accused in cases of various blasts in the country and against whom a charge sheet was filed by the Mumbai Crime Branch here in a court on Tuesday, belong to Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Most of them have are well-qualified professionals. As reflected in the mails, the alleged cause of the terror unleashed refers back to the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat.

The accused have been charged under sections 3 (1) (ii) for offence invoking punishment for not less than five years; 3 (2) for conspiring and abetting an offence; and 3 (4) relating to punishment for being part of an organised crime syndicate, of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) 1999.

Sections 295 (A) (damaging a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 505 (2) (statements conducing public mischief), 507 and 506 (II) (relating to criminal intimidation), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against the country), 122 (collecting arms for waging war) and 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substances) of the Indian Penal Code have been applied.

Charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 the Information Technology Act 2000, and the Arms Act have been slapped.

While the Mumbai police had earlier mentioned the IM’s role in the Mumbai serial train blasts, the charge sheet does not list the Mumbai incident.

The accused named in the charge sheet are: Afzal Mutalib Usmani (32), Mohammed Sadique Shaikh (31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38), Mohammed Jakir Shaikh (28), Mohammed Ansar Shaikh Asif Bashir Shaikh (22), Mohamed Mansoor Asgar Peerbhoy (31), Mubin Kadar Shaikh alias Salman (24), Mohamed Atiq Mohamed Iqbal alias Musab (25), Mohamed Akbar Chaudhari alias Saeed (28), Anik Shafiq alias Khalid (27), Majid Akhtar Shaikh alias Nazim (26), Yasir Anis Sayyad alias Hujefa (20), Farooq Sharfuddin Tarqas alias Abdulla (25), Mohammad Ali (44), Javed Ali (19), Ahmed Bawa (33), Mohamed Naushad Sayyad (25), Dustgir Feroz Muzawar alias Afroz alias Munjeeb (25), and Fazal Rehman Durani (23) alias Sallauddin Anwar Abdul Bagwan.

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Is A R Rahman a Muslim fanatic?- Only Allah, no Ishwar says Rahman’s mom

Posted by jagoindia on February 24, 2009

“A lot has been talked about Rahman’s conversion to Islam. In fact the quiet music composer even received a lot of flak for the same. It was in the year 1989 that Dileep Kumar and his family converted into Islam. It wasn’t a very difficult decision to make as his mother Kareema Begum belonged to a Muslim family. Also, in 1988, one of his sisters fell seriously ill and in spite of the family’s effort to cure her, her health deteriorated by the day. They happened to meet a Muslim Pir – Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani or Pir Qadri. His prayers and blessings did wonder for his sister who made a miraculous comeback to life. Thus began the journey of A.S.Dileep Kumar to A.R. Rahmansource

Is AR Rahman and his family becoming  Muslim fanatics.  Leaving the gentle Hindu religion and embracing terrorist Islam, will they be turned into rabid Hindu haters, and supporters of Islamic fundamentalism.

We don’t know, but you can read some of his thoughts here Don’t miss the comments.

Is Rahman a religious fanatic?- Only Allah, no Ishwar says Rahman’s mom

Just before the programme’s telecast, Rahman’s mother called up seeking the deletion of the famous song Sankara nadasareerapara of the hit Telugu musical Sankarabharanam from the programme. Incidentally, the programme was about the favourite songs of Rahman scored by other music directors. Rahman’s mother was apparently miffed that her son, a Muslim, could list a ‘Hindu’ song as one of his favourites.

As the song was not deleted from the programme, Rahman’s mother has now stalled the telecast of its second episode. This has obviously put the journo in a financial fix for the sponsors will pay him only after the telecast of the second part.

He’s the same person who had no qualms about doing the job work of converting Sankarabharanam’s songs into DAT (Digital Audio Tape) format from the spool format way back in 1991 (DAT is the master for making CDs). Or is it that religion was not a criterion to be considered because he was only a struggling keyboard player at that time? And now that he’s a name to reckon with in the music field he can probably let his religious bigotism show through. Even worse is his mother bulldozing him about his choice of songs as it sends a rather ominous signal.

To begin with, it casts an ugly shadow of doubt on his secular credentials. And religious fundamentalism or its tolerance is hardly expected from the maker of the record-breaking album Vandemataram, in which he eulogized the nation singing Ma tujhe salam. Or was the salam guided more by market compulsions than real patriotism?

When patriotism and secularism are the consistent themes of his music, one is inclined to question why duplication of any non-Islamic devotional music is banned at the duplication unit run by his sister Kanchana? Is it the ‘converted’ status which makes Rahman and family overzealous in reaffirming their religious identity like this?

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The story of Indian Mujahideen founder Ismail Shahbandri aka Riyaz Bhatkal

Posted by jagoindia on February 24, 2009

According to terror expert Praveen Swami, so called Gujarat “pogrom”  provoked this Islamic terrorist.  What is the excuse for those Muslims who have destroyed temples, kidnapped Hindus, terrorized Hindus  in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Afghanistan.

Politics of hate gave birth to top terror commander
The Hindu, Monday, Feb 23, 2009
Praveen Swami

Fugitive Indian Mujahideen operative Shahbandri’s story

– IM was responsible for a series of urban bombings
– The operatives used crime to fund jihadist operations

MUMBAI: 17, Kardar Building, looks out over the industrial bustle of west Kurla, a grimy monument to the grimly struggle of millions in the city to build a better future.

Hundreds of kilometres to the south lie the gracious traditional mansions and beautiful beach-front villas of the small town of Bhatkal: built, in the first case, by centuries of Indian Ocean commerce, and the second, by Gulf remittances.

Both these worlds helped make Mohammad Ismail Riyaz Shahbandri: the fugitive who, by the alias Riyaz Bhatkal, has become known to newspaper readers across India as a key commander of the Indian Mujahideen networks responsible for a series of urban bombings which have claimed hundreds of lives since 2006.

Gujarat pogrom
Ismail Shahbandri, Shahbandri’s father, left Bhatkal more than three decades ago to set up a leather-tanning factory in the Kurla. He earned enough to ensure his son was able to study at local English-medium schools and later earn a degree in civil engineering from Mumbai’s Saboo Siddiqui Engineering College. Soon after, in 2002, Riyaz Shahbandri was married to Nasuha Ismail, the daughter of an electronics store owner in Bhatkal’s Dubai Market.

But, soon there was a turn in this typical middle-class story.

Infuriated by the Gujarat communal pogrom, Riyaz Shahbandri took a job very different from that his parents had envisaged: engineering the birth of the Indian Mujahideen.

Shahbandri’s anger was likely given political form by two close kin. First among them was his brother, Iqbal Shahbandri, a cleric and Unani practitioner who introduced several future Indian Mujahideen men to the neo-fundamentalist Tablighi Jamaat. While the Tablighi Jamaat focuses on pietism instead of politics, its teachings have often proved the catalyst for south Asians’ journeys into jihadist groups.

Just as important was Nasuha’s brother, Shafiq Ahmad, who lived in the family’s Kurla home and later went on to become the head of the Students Islamic Movement of India’s Mumbai chapter. Riyaz Shahbandri began to spend time at SIMI’s offices in Mumbai around 2001, much of it with men who would play a key role in the development of the jihadist movement of India. Among them were Abdul Subhan Qureshi, a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen; Ehtesham Siddiqi, who is now being tried for his alleged role in the bombings of the city’s suburban train system in July 2006; and Rahil Sheikh, who recruited dozens of Maharashtra jihadists.

Around this time Riyaz Shahbandri also appears to have made contact with Asif Raza Khan, a gangster killed in a 2002 encounter with the Gujarat Police. Just how the two men met is unclear, but the two men hit on the idea of using crime to fund their jihadist operations.

Mumbai Police records show criminal proceedings were first initiated against Riyaz Shahbandri in 2002 for the extortion-related attempt to murder Kurla businessman Deepak Farsanwalla.

Later, Asif Raza Khan’s brother, Amir Raza Khan, set up the Asif Raza Commando Force, a jihadist group dedicated to the memory of his brother. Amir Raza Khan, linked to a welter of jihadist operations including an attack on the United States of America’s consulate in Kolkata, is thought to have provided passports and funds to facilitate the training of several Indian Mujahideen members in Pakistan.

In May 2003, Mumbai Police investigators say, Riyaz Shahbandri and Siddiqi held the first of a series of meetings to discuss the prospect of using Nepal as a base to train jihadists. Nothing came of this plan, but Riyaz is alleged to have used Amir Raza Khan’s funds to send several terror operatives for training in Pakistan.

Among them, the police say, was Sheikh Mohammad Ali, who is alleged to have been among the perpetrators of the 2006 bombings.

It seems probable that Riyaz’s political radicalisation was a response by events in Bhatkal.

Back in April 1993, not long after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Bhatkal saw a succession of communal riots which dragged on for the best part of nine months, leaving 17 people dead and another 90 injured. Hundreds of homes and shops were burned down. Since then, Bhatkal has often seen skirmishes between the cadres of the Bajrang Dal and Islamists.

For Bhatkal’s Muslims, the violence was a rude shock. Known as ‘Navayaths,’ the community traces its origins to Arab traders who ferried spices across the Indian Ocean.

The Navayaths, who benefited from educational institutions built by religious revivalists early in the last century, are well integrated into India’s political system: Karnataka’s former Finance Minister S.M. Yahya is just one of many eminent products of the community. But the riots appeared to show to some young people that neither prosperity nor political influence could ensure peace.

In recent decades, Bhatkal saw the dramatic expansion in the influence of the Tablighi Jamaat, a phenomenon of which Iqbal Shahbandri was a particularly extreme manifestation. Just in January, a Tablighi Jamaat congregation, led by the preacher Qasim Qureshi, drew thousands of adherents from around the area.

At the heart of the Indian Mujahideen story, Riyaz Shahbandri’s story once again demonstrates, lies communal hatred — a tragic tale his eventual arrest or killing will do nothing to bring to an end.

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