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Indian Mujahideen planning more blasts, IB cautions states

Posted by jagoindia on July 24, 2009


IM planning more blasts, IB cautions states

The Intelligence Bureau has sent out an alert to various states that Indian Mujahideen men are still at large and trying to regroup for fresh action. The IM was responsible for the serial blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Bangalore last year.

The alert, which has been sent out to Anti-Terror Squads (ATS) of several states, is based on intercepts of emails between 11 key IM operatives, who are absconding.

They are Ariz Khan alias Junaid, Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu, Mohammad Sajid alias Imam Saab, Mirza Shadab Beig, Mohammad Khalid, Dr Shahnawaz, Hakim, Asadullah Akhtar alias Asadullah Khan, Salman (all of Azamgarh), Iqbal Batkal and Riyaz Batkal of Karnataka, and Asif Raza Khan of West Bengal. Last year, the Delhi Police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh each on these men, wanted for the September 13, 2008 serial blasts.

Of them, only Hakim was arrested by the UP ATS in January.

The IB sources said the emails of Shadab Beig, Shahnawaz and Iqbal Batkal were first tracked in December 2008.

The mails carried mainly exchanges regarding the police operations and developments in terror cases involving the IM men. Later emails indicated that the IM men were trying to regroup to carry out more blasts, said an intelligence official.

Uttar Pradesh ATS DIG Rajiv Sabbarwal said: “The IM and SIMI operatives arrested so far were either those who executed the blasts or those who had provided the logistic support.

The 11 absconding accused include the masterminds —— Riyaz Batkal, Iqbal Batkal, Asif Raza Khan and Dr Shahnawaz. All of them were trained at Lashkar-e-Toiba camps in Pakistan.”

Sadab Beig is an expert in assembling explosive devices. The Batkals and Asif arranged funds and material for terror activities while Shahnawaz is an expert in planning and executing operations, Sabbarwal said.

The ATS of Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are already searching for the IM men.

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NRI Muslims financing SIMI, IM’s jihad in India

Posted by jagoindia on May 22, 2009


Diaspora cash fed domestic jihad

 Praveen Swami,May 08, 2009, The Hindu

Kerala computer engineer’s story casts light on Indian Mujahideen funding

 Nawaz’s journey into jihad began in SIMI’s study groups

India so far had little success in cracking down on terror financing

 


 HYDERABAD: Late last year, four Keralites training with a Lashkar-e-Taiba unit in the Kupwara mountains, along the Line of Control in northern Kashmir, were shot dead by security forces.

And since the September shootout, the police in Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala have been scrambling to unravel the threads that tied Indian Mujahideen groups in the south to each other and to the Lashkar.

But the investigations also show that the Indian Mujahideen was fed and watered by transnational financial networks: networks linked both to diasporic Islamists living in west Asia and Pakistan-based organisations like the Lashkar.

From the story of Ernakulam-born computer engineer Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was expelled by the Oman authorities earlier this year, investigators have been able to understand the relationship between domestic terror and diaspora cash.

SIMI background

Like so many Indian Mujahideen-linked figures, Nawaz’s journey into jihad began in the Students Islamic Movement of India’s study groups.

Nawaz began attending SIMI meetings in 1995, soon after he graduated from high school. He became an “Ikhwan” or full-time SIMI member within a year and by March 2000 was made a member of the now-proscribed Islamist organisation’s central committee.

Close ties

While in New Delhi, where he also served as the SIMI’s office secretary, Nawaz developed a close relationship with several key members of what would later become the organisation’s jihad faction, including Safdar Nagori, Yahya Kamakutty and Peedical Abdul Shibly.

When the SIMI was proscribed in 2001, Nawaz decided to move abroad. He first found work in a computer firm operating out of Ibra, in Oman, and later joined the Ajman-based Ibn Sina Medical Centre, which was owned by the former Kerala SIMI president Abdul Ghafoor.

Later, other SIMI contacts helped him to find a job in Dubai. Finally, in July 2006 Nawaz moved back to Muscat and began working at the al-Noor Education Trust, which offered computer courses.

Newly married and prosperous, Nawaz appeared to live the kind of quiet life most in the Indian diaspora aspire to. But the Oman authorities now believe the appearance was intended to deceive.

Soon after returning to Muscat, the investigators say, Nawaz made contact with Abdul Aziz al-Hooti, a Muscat-based businessman with substantial interests in the automobile business and the Lashkar. Hooti, in turn, introduced Nawaz to a ranking Pakistani Lashkar operative, who is so far known only by the aliases Rehan and Wali.

Funds flow

Early in 2008, the police in Hyderabad and Bangalore believe, Nawaz and Rehan met in Dubai to finalise funding for two important “projects.”

In Hyderabad, fugitive Indian Mujahideen commander Tadiyantavide Nasir was preparing several Keralites to journey across the Line of Control to Lashkar training camps in Pakistan.

Safe house

Nasir used his position as an instructor at the city’s Jamia Arifiya Nooriya seminary to recruit volunteers. He set up a safe house in Madikere, near Coorg, for their basic indoctrination.

In August, 2008, Rehan allegedly provided the funds and contacts that led the first group of volunteers’ travel to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Mujahideen units also needed funding, Nawaz was told, to execute a series of bombings in Bangalore.

Rehan and Hooti, the Bangalore police say, asked Nawaz to travel to India for an on-site briefing about these plans. Both men were evidently impressed by what he found, for an estimated 2,500 Oman Rials was despatched to the Indian Mujahideen through a Kannur-based hawala dealer.

Later, the investigators say, Dhaka-based Lashkar operative Mubashir Shahid provided more money to secure Nasir’s escape into Bangladesh and to compensate the families of the men killed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Complex web

Police officers involved in the Nawaz investigation believe that several similar funding networks fed different elements of the Indian Mujahideen.

Indian Mujahideen co-founder Sadiq Sheikh, for example, lived in Dubai for several months with the help of ganglord Aftab Ansari and his lieutenant Amir Reza Khan. During his stay, Sheikh said in a statement to the Hyderabad Police, he discovered that key Indian Mujahideen commander Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri also visited the city to raise funds.

Sheikh never met with Shahbandri’s contacts, but it seems likely that Nawaz himself was in touch with several SIMI-linked figures who were engaged in fundraising for jihadist groups. Important among them was CAM Basheer, a fugitive SIMI leader, who is thought to be living in Sharjah using fake identification.

Basheer, police sources say, visited Nawaz in Muscat at least once and carried funds intended to facilitate Nasir’s efforts to recruit jihadists in Kerala.

Maulana Abdul Bari, a Hyderabad cleric last sighted in Saudi Arabia, is also thought to have raised funds in the diaspora for the training of jihadist cadre recruited in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

A costly failure

India has so far had little success in cracking down on terror financing. Nawaz’s story shows just how expensive this failure has been and how costly it could, yet, prove.

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Indian Mujahideen terrorists stealing info from matrimonial sites such as shaadi.com for making fake identities

Posted by jagoindia on April 12, 2009


“I used to type matrimony in Google and open sites like Shaadi.com and Bharti.com and download photos of men registered on those sites. I used to then edit those photographs in Coreldraw and Adobe Photoshop and paste them on other documents,” Anik has said.

Terrorists stealing info from matrimonial sites
9 Apr 2009, 1302 hrs IST, PTI
 
MUMBAI: Prospective brides and grooms who avail services of online matrimonial sites, will now have to be more cautious as their photographs and  personal details registered on such websites might be lifted by the terrorists for making fake identities.

In a startling revelation, one of the alleged members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), has confessed to have used information and photographs posted on matrimonial websites to get themselves fake student ID cards, which could be used to procure fake driving licenses.

Anik Sayyed (27), a computer professional in his confessional statement recorded by a magistrate in October 2008, has said that he downloaded photos from websites like Shaadi.com and Bharti.com and used them on forged documents.

“I used to type matrimony in Google and open sites like Shaadi.com and Bharti.com and download photos of men registered on those sites. I used to then edit those photographs in Coreldraw and Adobe Photoshop and paste them on other documents,” Anik has said.

Anik, who was arrested by Mumbai crime branch from Pune last year, also said that he also used information from the BSNL telephone directory to forge details for procuring SIM cards.

The confessional statements of seven out of the 21 arrested IM members were opened by a special MCOCA court here on Wednesday and the copies were given to the other accused.

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Confessions of the Indian Mujahideen formed to fight for Muslim cause in India

Posted by jagoindia on April 11, 2009


Confessions of the Indian Mujahideen 
Vignesh Iyer and Presley Thomas, Hindustan Times
April 11, 2009
Laying the foundation

The Indian Mujahideen (IM), the little-known terror outfit that cropped up mysteriously and kept investigating agencies on tenterhooks, is an offshoot of the Asif Raza Commando Force (ARCF) that carried out the shootout at the US Consulate in Kolkata in 2002.

The ARCF was formed in 2001 by gangsters-turned-terrorists Aftab Ansari and Amir Raza Khan, brother of Asif Raza. The organisation didn’t last long after the Kolkata Police arrested most of its operatives after the attack. Khan fled to Dubai, where he met Ansari again. The two then roped in Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Sheikh — a Class 11 dropout from Mumbai — to form the IM. Sadiq was indoctrinated and trained in Pakistani terrorist training camps at Khan’s behest.

Recruitment process

In 2003, when Sadiq got back to India, he met old friend Arif Badruddin Sheikh. Sadiq had asked Arif to scout for youngsters to fight for the Muslim cause in India. Arif got Sadiq in touch with several youth who were all sent to Pakistan for training. When they got back, there were more waiting to go. Through the fresh recruits, Sadiq got in touch with more youth. All this while, the Bhatkal brothers were busy recruiting in the south. Khan took care of the expenses, sending money through Western Union Money Transfer.

Terror planning

With the training underway, Khan wanted results. He sent a message to Sadiq and the gang got busy. With the help of key men like Riyaz and Arif, they planned blasts in Delhi, the Sankatmochan temple in Varanasi, Shramjeevi Express and Mumbai trains. Over the next few years, bombs went off in Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Delhi.

In August 2007, the IM first plotted last year’s deadly Delhi and Gujarat blasts. Explosives were collected in Mumbai and taken to Delhi. The plan for the blasts in Gujarat was formulated by Riyaz, Sadiq and one Aatif Sheikh in Mumbai in June 2008. Teams were divided — Aatif was assigned Ahmedabad, Riyaz Surat.

Executing innocents

In September 2005, when Arif returned from Pakistan, Sadiq asked him to make timers. Arif’s first attempt to make a working timer using an alarm clock of the Ajanta Company failed, so he used a Samay clock — the results of which were successful. Arif made six bombs and gave them to Sadiq. These were later used in the Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar blasts in Delhi in October 2005.

Arif got several such instructions and he delivered on all of them. His bombs were used in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and UP courts; the bombs found across Surat the day after the Ahmedabad bombings were his handiwork too.

Fear phychosis

The IM also made use of a psychological weapon — the threat e-mail. And more than the blasts, what terrorized people was the dreaded e-mail that tormented both citizens and law enforcement agencies alike. Mohammed Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, a 31-year-old software engineer with Yahoo, turned out to be the face behind the e-mails. Spotted by IM operatives Asif Sheikh and Anique Sayyed at Quran Foundation classes in Pune, where Peerbhoy was learning Arabic, he was doctored by the Bhatkal brothers. As bombs went off in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi last, Peerbhoy mocked one and all, including the intelligence bureau that he nicknamed the “ignorance” bureau. He signed off with an arrogant “stop it if you can”.

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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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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.

Radicalisation
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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Indian Muslim Raziuddin Naser’s 18-month, multi-location terrorist training programme in Pakistan

Posted by jagoindia on February 23, 2009


Our Internal Insecurity
Ashok Malik, Hindustan Times
February 19, 2009

On the morning of January 11, 2008, at Honnali on the Hosur-Hubli road in Karnataka, a policeman stopped two young men riding a motorcycle. One of them was not wearing a helmet. The usual questions followed, papers were demanded and it was found that the motorcyclists were carrying several number-plates, ostensibly assigned in several states.

The two men were arrested. One of them, Raziuddin Naser, originally from Hyderabad, turned out to be a key operative of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (Simi) — later to metamorphose into the Indian Mujahideen (IM) — somebody the Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat Police had been seeking.

Naser and his accomplice were on their way to Goa, as he told interrogators, to “conduct serial blasts… to kill Israeli and American tourists“. If that mission had gone well, he was due to travel to Bangalore to attempt to bomb installations of IT companies. Naser’s statement before the Karnataka police makes for fascinating reading. In the context of the rather pointless debate about whether the ten Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, had “local support” or did not, it is worth revisiting what Naser told his questioners about the methods and motivational protocols of domestic jihadists.

Of course, no single interrogation or piece of evidence can reveal the entire truth. Yet, from what intelligence and anti-terrorist agencies have gathered over the past year — the Anti-Terrorist Squads (ATS) in Lucknow, Mumbai and Gandhinagar, in particular, are sitting on a mine of information, as are police officers in locations as far apart as Bhopal and Hyderabad — the different, disparate pieces of the jigsaw begin to fit. It becomes obvious that the interoperability of and relationship between groups such as the IM and external agents recruited in, say, Pakistani Punjab and trained in Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) camps, are neither absolute nor completely absent.

Naser is the son of a religio-political preacher called Mohammed Naseeruddin. Secretary of the Hyderabad-based Tehreek Tahfuzz Shaeer-e-Islam, the father was once arrested by the local police for terror-related activities. In October 2004, he was arrested by the Gujarat Police in the Old City of Hyderabad, in an operation that was hindered by massive crowds and led to firing in which a local youth was killed. By then, Naser and at least one of his brothers — now also in the custody of the Karnataka Police — were already converts. Naser explained that after 9/11, he had been much taken with the idea of joining the jihad against America in Afghanistan.In August 2005, he travelled to Saudi Arabia, a trip facilitated by a Hyderabadi friend whose brother, Abdul Samad, lived in Jeddah. Samad sent Naser for what eventually became an 18-month, multi-location training programme in Pakistan.

It is here that the story gets interesting. Naser describes different types of training in different cities. From Karachi, he is driven to Gwadar (Baluchistan), where he is introduced — along with others — to the use of assault rifles that include AK-47s, light-machine guns, “Bren machine guns…. Austrian Styre sniper rifles” and so on.

At the LeT complex of Markaz Tayyabah, near Lahore, he is taught horse riding. In Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in Muzaffarabad and Manshehra — where one of his co-trainees is a Maldives national called ‘Abu Zaid’, who Naser says was later killed in the Kashmir Valley — and in a “mountainous” training centre he learns about “guerrilla warfare, ambush, hideout, raid, camouflage, recce…” In Rawalpindi, he learns of the “use of satellite phones… [and] disadvantages of using mobile and land lines”. In PoK again, he mixes hydrogen peroxide with rice, dal, mehndi and tobacco, and produces explosives. When Naser was arrested, he was on his way to waylay a truck that he knew was carrying hydrogen peroxide — a chemical that has industrial uses but is also present in cosmetics. He was to carry a part of his loot to Goa and execute the bombings. The use of hydrogen peroxide, easily available and not as difficult to source as say RDX, was seen as a cheap, low-cost terror mechanism.

It is worth noting that the 2008 terror bombings in, for example, Delhi and Ahmedabad also used commonly accessible chemicals. Earlier, two suspected terrorists had been arrested in Goa — in an incident unrelated to Naser — while working in a beauty parlour, attempting to pilfer cosmetics and hydrogen peroxide.

On January 1, 2008, in preparation for the Goa mission, a contact called ‘Aslam’ had visited Naser in Hubli and gave him two fake student identity cards — of BVB College of Engineering, Hubli, and of St Aloysius College. Ironically, the terrorists who attacked the Taj Mahal and Oberoi Hotels in Mumbai also carried student identity cards related to Karnataka-based colleges. Is this suggestive of a local link, admittedly a low-level and possibly non-lethal one, or is this a mere coincidence?

Was the intensive, sometimes commando-style training Naser got indicative of his recruiters identifying him for a high-profile urban guerrilla-style attack and then deciding he wasn’t up to it and demoting him to the less sophisticated, hydrogen peroxide type bombings? Do the 26/11 attacks and the dozen-odd bombings that major Indian cities experienced in 2007-08 form a continuum? To the UPA government, have these become inconvenient truths?

(Ashok Malik is a Delhi-based writer)

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Bangalore Islamic terror attacks shows prove links between Lashkar-Indian Mujahideen

Posted by jagoindia on February 10, 2009


“The Lashkar finds the Kerala wing of the IM to be the most dedicated and hence has chosen its cadres for Kashmir.”

Revealed: LeT’s close ties with Indian Mujahideen

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru
February 07, 2009

The cracking of the Bangalore serial blasts case has confirmed security agencies’ claims about Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s links with the dreaded Indian Mujahideen.

Interrogation of terror suspects revealed that they belonged to a terror module in Kerala operated by the Lashkar.

Giving more proof of the close links between the Lashkar and the IM, interrogations revealed that the cadres were constantly monitored by Riyaz Bhatkal and Abdul Subhan alias Tauqueer. While Bhatkal headed operations for the Lashkar in south India, Subhan was in charge of the Indian Mujahideen.

Abdul Sattar, one of the accused in the Bangalore blasts case, says that the orders to carry out the attack came from both Bhatkal and Subhan. The duo was in constant touch with Sattar and monitored every bit of the operation.

They even coined the code word for the Bangalore operation, Tomato Work.

The arrested men also revealed that they returned to Kerala after the Bangalore assignment and after having spent some time there were directed to leave for Kashmir. Lashkar has been constantly sending Indian Mujahideen operatives from Kerala to train in Kashmir, they added.

Their brief was to specialise in Kashmir and fight alongside the Lashkar in the Valley.

The accused disclosed that from Kerala they went to Kashmir via Hyderabad, trained there for a couple of months and then returned to Kerala.

Intelligence Bureau sources told rediff.com that the Lashkar is short-staffed for its Kashmir battle and has been constantly preparing youth from Kerala. Over the past one year, nearly 100 youth — who form part of the IM module in Kerala — have been sent to train in Kashmir.

The Lashkar finds the Kerala wing of the IM to be the most dedicated and hence has chosen its cadres for Kashmir.

All these operations in South of India were being monitored by Riyaz Bhatkal, who was also handed over additional charge of overseeing the IM when it was being set up.

Bhatkal, according to the IB, is a crucial link in the terror network. It is also said that Bhatkal was aware of the November 26 attack in Mumbai when it was being planned and helped in arranging local help.

Bhatkal, who originally was an underworld operative, was handpicked by the Lashkar for its south-based operations. The IB says that the Lashkar was impressed with his dedication.

Besides, Bhatkal shared a good relationship with IM mastermind Abdul Subhan and guided him in all the operations.

Both Bhatkal and Subhan are missing and a massive manhunt has been launched for the duo. While Subhan is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, Bhatkal, according to security agencies, is in the Gulf.

IB sources say that nabbing both these men would be crucial to several terror-related probes.

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Indian Muslim caught in Batla House encounter admits to bombing Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city

Posted by jagoindia on February 2, 2009


Batla House accused admits link to Varanasi blasts: cops

Manish Sahu, Jan 31, 2009

Lucknow: Alleged Indian Mujahideen activist Mohammad Saif, who was arrested in Delhi after the Batla House encounter on September 19, has disclosed that he and his dead colleague Atif Ameen were reportedly involved in Varanasi blasts in which 21 people were killed on March 7, 2006.

One blast took place at Sankatmochan Mandir and another at the Varanasi Cantt Railway Station. A third bomb, which was planted in Godaulia locality, did not explode. All bombs were made by packing explosives in pressure cookers.

Saif has reportedly confessed that he, along with Atif Ameen, planted the bomb at Godaulia. Youths from Azamgarh were involved in planting the other two bombs. There were two more men whose identity Saif did not know.

The Varanasi police brought Saif from Delhi and produced him before a local court on Friday. The court sent him in 14-day judicial remand. Since he has to be produced in a Delhi court on February 2, the Delhi Police took him away.

This is the first time the police have claimed that IM men were involved in the Varanasi blasts. The police had earlier arrested alleged Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami activist Walliullah and filed a chargesheet against him in the case. Three unidentified Bangladeshi accomplices of Waliullah were shown absconding.

Following protests by local lawyers, the case was transferred from Varanasi to Ghaziabad. Waliullah’s lawyer Iliyas Chowdhary said, “The case is presently on trial. There is no direct evidence against Waliullah.” However, Waliullah has been convicted under the Unlawful Activities Act and sentenced to 10-year imprisonment.

Investigating officer Ashutosh Mishra said they had sent a police team to Delhi for questioning Saif. “He confessed that he had planted the bomb at Godaulia along with Atif Ameen who was killed in the Batla House encounter in Delhi.”

Mishra said Saif disclosed that Atif, who knew how to fit and set timers, had made the bomb at home with a white powder. He did not know who made the other two bombs and where. Also, only Atif knew from where the explosives and other material came and at whose asking the bombs were made and planted.

While the bomb at Sankatmochan Mandir was planted by Mirza Shadab Beg, Asadullah Akhtar alias Asadullah Khan and an unidentified man, the one at the railway station was planted by Ariz Khan alias Junaid and an unidentified man, Saif told the police. Except the two unidentified men, all were from Azamgarh and are absconding.

Posted in Hindus, India, Indian Mujahideen, Indian Muslims, Islam, Islamofascism, State, Temples, Terrorism, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi | Leave a Comment »

Mangalore’s entry into India’s Islamic terror map

Posted by jagoindia on January 28, 2009


Mangalore’s entry into India’s terror map

Vasanthi Hariprakash

Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:49 AM (Mangalore)
Mangalore in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district has been an unlikely newsmaker, first because of church attacks in September and now because of the number of arrests that have been made in connection with the blasts in Delhi and Ahmedabad.

There have been six arrests of those accused in serial blasts in the country, all within a fortnight and all by the Mangalore police. Mangalore’s terror connection came as a surprise to many, most of all, in Mangalore’s Muslim dominated areas like Ullal, from where the arrests were made.

Arrests were made in the area over the course of two weeks in October, mostly on charges of supplying the explosives that would be used in the bombings in Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Arrests made on October 3:

Mohammed Ali – Age 56

Javed Ali (Mohammed Ali’s son) – Age 20

Naushad – Age 25

Ahmed Bawa – Age 33

Arrests made on October 16:

Rafiq Bawa – Age 26

Fakir Bawa – Age 40

The police say that Rafiq Bawa was the driver of Riaz Bhatkal, one of the main founders of the Indian Mujahideen and who comes from the nearby town of Bhatkal.

They say Rafiq and Fakir were among five Indian Mujahideen members, who had taken a house at a remote village near Koppa taluk of the neighbouring Chikmagalur district, where they assembled the explosives and even tested them.

“During investigation, the Delhi Police got certain clues that the explosives for the serial blasts were transported from here. Whether Mangalore is a place for enhanced terror activities, it is premature to say, but it is a fact that few of the boys from Mangalore are found to be involved in the blasts,” said Ashit Mohan Prasad, IGP, Western Range, Karnataka.

Police say they have proof not just based on confessions. They found gun powder, a chemical mixing jar, a chemical-testing thermometer, and also tools used during target practice.

However, Mangalore’s Muslims and activists, unused to being linked to the geography of terror, are deeply upset. They warn that police excess may only increase the radicalism.

“The manner in which the police behaves here, during the time of riots or say during the recent church attacks, is actually pushing the youth towards terrorism. Police must conduct enquiry even thousands of people, but they should not harass the innocent,” said Umar U H, founder, Citizens Dignity Forum.

Familiar arguments from Azamgarh and Delhi’s Batla house are now heard in Mangalore, marking its tragic entry into India’s terror map.

Posted in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gujarat, Indian Mujahideen, Indian Muslims, Islam, Islamofascism, Karnataka, Mangalore, State, Terrorism | Leave a Comment »

 
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