Islamic Terrorism in India

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top aide of LET chief caught, mission to recruit Islamic terrorists from India

Posted by jagoindia on June 7, 2009


 

LeT key operator in Nepal asked to recruit youth from India
New Delhi (PTI) Mohd Omar Madni, a top aide of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, who was arrested in the capital on Thursday, had been asked by leaders of the terror outfit to recruit young people from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata for training in Pakistan.
Madni, who too visited Pakistan for training to carryout terror attacks, is a Nepalese citizen and was a key operator for LeT there, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Aggarwal told reporters here on Friday.
A Special Cell team arrested 50-year-old Madni from Qutub Minar area when he arrived to hand-over money to a contact for recruiting people for terror activities.
The police claimed that Madni was working on “talent spotting for terrorist activities, sending then for training in Lashkar camps in Pakistan and launching them in India.”
Besides Hafiz, Madni was also in touch with other LeT key functionaries Zaki-ur-Rehman and Mohd Yakub who asked him to recruit two educated youngsters each from the four main metros for terror training.
Mr. Aggarwal said Madni was also asked to select people from coastal areas who were good sailors and were interested in shipping, young men who have worked in fireworks factory to be trained in IED manufacturing and a person in Jammu to carry money to Srinagar.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said Madni “does have” links with Saeed. “It (the arrest) is a measure of the good intelligence and good investigative work done by our intelligence agencies and police.”
Saeed, a prime accused in the Mumbai attacks case, was set free on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after a six-month detention while Rehman is one of the key conspirators of the Mumbai attacks.
Madni was on Friday produced before a Delhi court which remanded him to 14-days’ police custody.
Mr. Aggarwal said Madni was specifically asked by his handler to recruit youths from the metros who are graduates with expertise in computer technology.
“He was also assigned the task to recruit fishermen in Konkan and coastal states like Kerala. Jharkhand was another state where he was asked to do talent hunting,” he said.
Madni’s brother Hafiz Mohd Zubair (40), also linked to LeT, operates from Qatar.
It was in 1996 that Madni, who can speak Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, English, Bengali and Nepali, was initiated into “jehadi activities” after he was motivated by Markaz-Dawa- Wal-Irshad members.
“On their instructions, he visited Lahore in 1997. The next year he took Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khas training in LeT camps. During this visit, he was called by top leaders of JuD and LeT and assigned the task to make a strong base in Nepal for easy infiltration to India,” Mr. Aggarwal said.
“He was also assigned the task to recruit youths from India and Nepal for terror activities. He sent more than 30 people to Pakistan,” he said. In 2000, when he visited Pakistan for another time, he was asked to pump in terror funding into India through Nepal, Mr. Aggarwal said.
Madni then came in contact with one Saifulla in Nepal and opened several bank accounts to facilitate flow of money from Pakistan.
“He was also asked to provide logistical support to terrorists staying in Nepal before they were sent to India to carry out terror strikes,” said Mr. Aggarwal.
While Madni opened Nice Travels and Tours in Kathmandu as a cover to his activities, Saifullah opened a surgical equipment shop. “Madni used to receive terror funding through a well-known money transfer agency,” he said.
Three of the recruits were arrested in Delhi in 2004 which prompted Madni to stop visiting India and Saifullah to go back to Pakistan. Saifulla was replaced by one Mohd Usman.
According to Mr. Aggarwal, the accused has recruited more than 30 people including one Kamal Ansari, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai train blast case.
Madni, who was born in Bihar’s Madhubhani, was carrying USD 8,000, Rs (Nepalese) 4,068, fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 15,000 and a Nepalese citizenship card was also allegedly recovered from him.
“Police also seized a matrix and other documents from him. There are many coded statements in the diary we recovered from him. Most of the codes were written in Urdu,” he said.
When pointed out that JuD has denied any links with Madni, Mr. Aggarwal said he was telling what the accused have told his interrogators.

LeT key operator in Nepal asked to recruit youth from India

June 5, 2009

New Delhi (PTI) Mohd Omar Madni, a top aide of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, who was arrested in the capital on Thursday, had been asked by leaders of the terror outfit to recruit young people from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata for training in Pakistan.

Madni, who too visited Pakistan for training to carryout terror attacks, is a Nepalese citizen and was a key operator for LeT there, Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Aggarwal told reporters here on Friday.

A Special Cell team arrested 50-year-old Madni from Qutub Minar area when he arrived to hand-over money to a contact for recruiting people for terror activities.

The police claimed that Madni was working on “talent spotting for terrorist activities, sending then for training in Lashkar camps in Pakistan and launching them in India.”

Besides Hafiz, Madni was also in touch with other LeT key functionaries Zaki-ur-Rehman and Mohd Yakub who asked him to recruit two educated youngsters each from the four main metros for terror training.

Mr. Aggarwal said Madni was also asked to select people from coastal areas who were good sailors and were interested in shipping, young men who have worked in fireworks factory to be trained in IED manufacturing and a person in Jammu to carry money to Srinagar.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said Madni “does have” links with Saeed. “It (the arrest) is a measure of the good intelligence and good investigative work done by our intelligence agencies and police.”

Saeed, a prime accused in the Mumbai attacks case, was set free on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after a six-month detention while Rehman is one of the key conspirators of the Mumbai attacks.

Madni was on Friday produced before a Delhi court which remanded him to 14-days’ police custody.

Mr. Aggarwal said Madni was specifically asked by his handler to recruit youths from the metros who are graduates with expertise in computer technology.

“He was also assigned the task to recruit fishermen in Konkan and coastal states like Kerala. Jharkhand was another state where he was asked to do talent hunting,” he said.

Madni’s brother Hafiz Mohd Zubair (40), also linked to LeT, operates from Qatar.

It was in 1996 that Madni, who can speak Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, English, Bengali and Nepali, was initiated into “jehadi activities” after he was motivated by Markaz-Dawa- Wal-Irshad members.

“On their instructions, he visited Lahore in 1997. The next year he took Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khas training in LeT camps. During this visit, he was called by top leaders of JuD and LeT and assigned the task to make a strong base in Nepal for easy infiltration to India,” Mr. Aggarwal said.

“He was also assigned the task to recruit youths from India and Nepal for terror activities. He sent more than 30 people to Pakistan,” he said. In 2000, when he visited Pakistan for another time, he was asked to pump in terror funding into India through Nepal, Mr. Aggarwal said.

Madni then came in contact with one Saifulla in Nepal and opened several bank accounts to facilitate flow of money from Pakistan.

“He was also asked to provide logistical support to terrorists staying in Nepal before they were sent to India to carry out terror strikes,” said Mr. Aggarwal.

While Madni opened Nice Travels and Tours in Kathmandu as a cover to his activities, Saifullah opened a surgical equipment shop. “Madni used to receive terror funding through a well-known money transfer agency,” he said.

Three of the recruits were arrested in Delhi in 2004 which prompted Madni to stop visiting India and Saifullah to go back to Pakistan. Saifulla was replaced by one Mohd Usman.

According to Mr. Aggarwal, the accused has recruited more than 30 people including one Kamal Ansari, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai train blast case.

Madni, who was born in Bihar’s Madhubhani, was carrying USD 8,000, Rs (Nepalese) 4,068, fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 15,000 and a Nepalese citizenship card was also allegedly recovered from him.

“Police also seized a matrix and other documents from him. There are many coded statements in the diary we recovered from him. Most of the codes were written in Urdu,” he said.

When pointed out that JuD has denied any links with Madni, Mr. Aggarwal said he was telling what the accused have told his interrogators.

Arrested cleric ran Lashkar’s Nepal hub

June 6, 2009, Praveen Swami, The Hindu

NEW DELHI: An alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative held on Thursday ran a logistical hub that funnelled dozens of jihadists through Nepal to targets across in India, Delhi Police sources have told The Hindu.

Working with fugitive Lashkar commander Mohammad Saifullah, Bihar-born Nepali national Mohammad Omar Madani provided Lashkar operatives with passports, cash and communications facilities that allowed them to travel from Pakistan to India through Kathmandu — and then secure their escape.

Fahim Arshad Ansari, who is now being tried on charges of having generated the videotape that facilitated the training of the perpetrators of November’s carnage in Mumbai, is among those alleged to have benefited from the logistical infrastructure Madani helped set up. Sabahuddin Ahmed, Ansari’s immediate superior and the first Indian national to have commanded a Lashkar field unit, also used the Lashkar’s transit hub.

Lured by lucre?

Madani’s journey into the Lashkar, Delhi police sources said, began after he tapped Nepali Islamists for funds to expand the family-run Shams-ul-Huda seminary at Kalyanpur, in Nepal’s Saptari district.

Nepal-based Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadis activists Abdul Khaliq and Mohammad Haroun are alleged to have put Madani in contact with the Markaz Dawat wal’Irshad —the name used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s parent organisation, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, prior to its proscription by Pakistan in 2002.

According to the Delhi police, Madani first attended the Markaz’s annual rally at Muridke, near Lahore, in 1997. He met with Markaz chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed — who was controversially released from house arrest in Pakistan earlier this week — as well as key military commanders Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi and then in-charge of operations targeting India, Mohammad Azam Cheema.

Delhi police sources said Madani had visited Pakistan at least twice in recent years and met Saeed on both occasions. He also spent time in Qatar raising funds for Islamist causes in Nepal.

Police believe Madani recruited upwards of two dozen residents of the India-Nepal borderlands to the Lashkar. Among them is Kamal Ahmed Ansari, who is now being tried for his alleged role in the 2006 bombing of Mumbai’s suburban train system.

Born in Balkatuwa village in Bihar’s Madhubani district, Saudi Arabia-educated Madani belongs to a locally-renowned clerical family.

His father, Shams-ul-Huda Madani, set the Jamia Islamia madrasa at Janakpur, just across the border in Nepal, more than two decades ago.

Speaking to journalists in New Delhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram described Madani’s arrest as “a measure of the good intelligence and good investigative work done by our intelligence agencies and police.”

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