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LeT plan to recruit and forge a relationship with Maoists

Posted by jagoindia on June 21, 2009

LeT member motivated hired Maoists

NEW DELHI: Key Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Mohammad Umer Madani reportedly motivated and recruited Maoist fighters from Jharkhand and Bihar.

Madani, who was arrested on June 4, disclosed this to the police during his 14-day remand. He was produced in court on Friday, following which his remand was extended by another week.

Madani revealed names of several Maoist leaders he was in regular touch with. On his current visit to India, Madani was scheduled to meet them in Bihar and Jharkhand. “He had been instructed by his bosses at LeT to recruit Maoists and forge a relationship with them with the help of money and firearms. It seems that LeT wanted to exploit the areas which are under the control of Maoists to smuggle arms and explosives,” said a senior police officer.

Sources said Madani also planned to train those recruited from other parts of India in Maoist strongholds before sending them to Pakistan for further training. “We need to catch his contacts who will shed more light on the talks that Madani had with them,” added the officer. Madani was produced before duty metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi.

“Along with LeT, Madani was also supposed to recruit Maoists in Jharkhand. He acted as conduit for LeT and provided training to recruits in POK and sent them to India to carry out terror strikes,” said Rajiv Mohan, the public prosecutor, while seeking Madani’s remand.

Meanwhile, the police added that they would take Madani to Jharkhand and other places in Bihar to trace the entire network. “We are also in the process of verifying his visits to other countries to find out the source of money he accumulated,” said a police officer.

Madani, who had established a base in Nepal, was wanted in India for quite some time as his name was revealed with the arrest of three associates in 2002.

Madani was carrying foreign currency including USD 8,000 which he had received from Italy to carry out terror activities in the country at the time of his arrest. Meanwhile, the police also received the details of his two accounts at Himalayan Bank and Everest Bank in Nepal and learnt that there had been several transactions over past few months, amounting to more than Rs 25 lakh.

Posted in Bihar, Indian Muslims, Islamofascism, Jharkhand, LeT, Maoists/naxalites, Pakistan, State, Terrorism | Leave a Comment »

Sadly, mainstream Muslim teaching accepts and promotes violence: by Tawfik Hamid

Posted by jagoindia on December 31, 2008

The Trouble with Islam

Sadly, mainstream Muslim teaching accepts and promotes violence.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 12:01 A.M. EDT

Not many years ago the brilliant Orientalist, Bernard Lewis, published a short history of the Islamic world’s decline, entitled “What Went Wrong?” Astonishingly, there was, among many Western “progressives,” a vocal dislike for the title. It is a false premise, these critics protested. They ignored Mr. Lewis’s implicit statement that things have been, or could be, right.

But indeed, there is much that is clearly wrong with the Islamic world. Women are stoned to death and undergo clitorectomies. Gays hang from the gallows under the approving eyes of the proponents of Shariah, the legal code of Islam. Sunni and Shia massacre each other daily in Iraq. Palestinian mothers teach 3-year-old boys and girls the ideal of martyrdom. One would expect the orthodox Islamic establishment to evade or dismiss these complaints, but less happily, the non-Muslim priests of enlightenment in the West have come, actively and passively, to the Islamists’ defense.

These “progressives” frequently cite the need to examine “root causes.” In this they are correct: Terrorism is only the manifestation of a disease and not the disease itself. But the root-causes are quite different from what they think. As a former member of Jemaah Islamiya, a group led by al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, I know firsthand that the inhumane teaching in Islamist ideology can transform a young, benevolent mind into that of a terrorist. Without confronting the ideological roots of radical Islam it will be impossible to combat it. While there are many ideological “rootlets” of Islamism, the main tap root has a name–Salafism, or Salafi Islam, a violent, ultra-conservative version of the religion.

It is vital to grasp that traditional and even mainstream Islamic teaching accepts and promotes violence. Shariah, for example, allows apostates to be killed, permits beating women to discipline them, seeks to subjugate non-Muslims to Islam as dhimmis and justifies declaring war to do so. It exhorts good Muslims to exterminate the Jews before the “end of days.” The near deafening silence of the Muslim majority against these barbaric practices is evidence enough that there is something fundamentally wrong.

The grave predicament we face in the Islamic world is the virtual lack of approved, theologically rigorous interpretations of Islam that clearly challenge the abusive aspects of Shariah. Unlike Salafism, more liberal branches of Islam, such as Sufism, typically do not provide the essential theological base to nullify the cruel proclamations of their Salafist counterparts. And so, for more than 20 years I have been developing and working to establish a theologically-rigorous Islam that teaches peace.

Yet it is ironic and discouraging that many non-Muslim, Western intellectuals–who unceasingly claim to support human rights–have become obstacles to reforming Islam. Political correctness among Westerners obstructs unambiguous criticism of Shariah’s inhumanity. They find socioeconomic or political excuses for Islamist terrorism such as poverty, colonialism, discrimination or the existence of Israel. What incentive is there for Muslims to demand reform when Western “progressives” pave the way for Islamist barbarity? Indeed, if the problem is not one of religious beliefs, it leaves one to wonder why Christians who live among Muslims under identical circumstances refrain from contributing to wide-scale, systematic campaigns of terror.

Politicians and scholars in the West have taken up the chant that Islamic extremism is caused by the Arab-Israeli conflict. This analysis cannot convince any rational person that the Islamist murder of over 150,000 innocent people in Algeria–which happened in the last few decades–or their slaying of hundreds of Buddhists in Thailand, or the brutal violence between Sunni and Shia in Iraq could have anything to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Western feminists duly fight in their home countries for equal pay and opportunity, but seemingly ignore, under a façade of cultural relativism, that large numbers of women in the Islamic world live under threat of beating, execution and genital mutilation, or cannot vote, drive cars and dress as they please.

The tendency of many Westerners to restrict themselves to self-criticism further obstructs reformation in Islam. Americans demonstrate against the war in Iraq, yet decline to demonstrate against the terrorists who kidnap innocent people and behead them. Similarly, after the Madrid train bombings, millions of Spanish citizens demonstrated against their separatist organization, ETA. But once the demonstrators realized that Muslims were behind the terror attacks they suspended the demonstrations. This example sent a message to radical Islamists to continue their violent methods.

Western appeasement of their Muslim communities has exacerbated the problem. During the four-month period after the publication of the Muhammad cartoons in a Danish magazine, there were comparatively few violent demonstrations by Muslims. Within a few days of the Danish magazine’s formal apology, riots erupted throughout the world. The apology had been perceived by Islamists as weakness and concession.

Worst of all, perhaps, is the anti-Americanism among many Westerners. It is a resentment so strong, so deep-seated, so rooted in personal identity, that it has led many, consciously or unconsciously, to morally support America’s enemies.

Progressives need to realize that radical Islam is based on an antiliberal system. They need to awaken to the inhumane policies and practices of Islamists around the world. They need to realize that Islamism spells the death of liberal values. And they must not take for granted the respect for human rights and dignity that we experience in America, and indeed, the West, today.

Well-meaning interfaith dialogues with Muslims have largely been fruitless. Participants must demand–but so far haven’t–that Muslim organizations and scholars specifically and unambiguously denounce violent Salafi components in their mosques and in the media. Muslims who do not vocally oppose brutal Shariah decrees should not be considered “moderates.”

All of this makes the efforts of Muslim reformers more difficult. When Westerners make politically-correct excuses for Islamism, it actually endangers the lives of reformers and in many cases has the effect of suppressing their voices.

Tolerance does not mean toleration of atrocities under the umbrella of relativism. It is time for all of us in the free world to face the reality of Salafi Islam or the reality of radical Islam will continue to face us.

Dr. Hamid, a onetime member of Jemaah Islamiya, an Islamist terrorist group, is a medical doctor and Muslim reformer living in the West.

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34 associations banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1963

Posted by jagoindia on September 10, 2008

source: If it’s SIMI, it must smell of terror, Sept 10,

“Of the 34 associations currently banned by the government under the UAPA, 18 are of Maoist or Naxalite inclination, three have links to the Khalistan movement, one to the LTTE and 12 are Islamic outfits.”

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Maoists seek linkages with Muslim extremists (Comment)

Posted by jagoindia on August 29, 2008

Danger signals: Maoists seek linkages with Muslim extremists (Comment)
August 25th, 2008 – 11:52 am ICT by IANS

Naxalites of the Communist Party of India Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have condemned the extension of the proscription on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which has been involved in a series of bomb blasts in India. According to media reports, Azad, spokesperson of the Central Committee of the CPI-Maoist, said “it was a reiteration of the (government’s) policy to continue its brutal war on Muslims”.In another statement, Azad also condemned what he called the “double standards of the Indian ruling classes in Kashmir”. He called upon Kashmiri Muslims to “fight back Hindu fascist forces and Indian expansionists”.

The CPI-Maoist has always held the secessionist insurgencies in Jammu and Kashmir and India’s northeast as well as the Tamil Tigers’ war against the Sri Lankan state as “nationality struggles”. At its Unity Congress (also known as 9th Congress) towards the end of January 2007, the CPI-Maoist passed a resolution on ‘Nationality Struggles’, another on ‘Nationalities’, and yet another resolution on ‘Hindu Fascism’.

While it extended support to the secessionist-terrorist movement in Jammu and Kashmir, terming it a nationality struggle, it also said: “The Indian state too has targeted Muslims, branding them ‘terrorist’. After 9/11 and the (Indian) parliament attack, Muslims were targeted once again… Our party is willing to unite in a broad front with all the genuine democratic forces which would be willing to fight back the Hindu fascist offensive.”

In the past, too, with a view to winning the support of the Muslim community, the Maoists sought to convey that they empathise with them. For instance, in 2005, the then Andhra Pradesh State Committee Secretary of the CPI-Maoist extended “moral support” and condemned the arrest in Hyderabad of an accused in the murder of a Gujarat politician.

The current statement relating to the proscription of SIMI could be understood by considering the following. One, it is an attempt to win over the support of the Muslim community and thus broaden their base. Two, the Maoists are making common cause with SIMI by condemning its proscription as they too are a proscribed organisation in some states; they are also banned by the central government under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Three, and more importantly, this should be seen in the context of the Maoist tactic of making common cause with any organisation or body that opposes the Indian state either through peaceful means or violently. This is part of the United Front tactics of the Maoists.

According to classical understanding, a Communist party should have three “magic weapons”: strong party, strong army and United Front. According to the CPI-Maoist, they would form two types of fronts: Strategic United Front (SUF) and Tactical United Front (TUF).

In other words, the former refers to joining forces with similar armed groups whereas the latter points to forming alliances with legitimate, overground unarmed groups. As yet, there is no indication to suggest that the CPI-Maoist has formed SUF; but the intention has been made loud and clear.

The working of the TUF is clearly in play at present. As a senior police officer (who was earlier with the anti-Naxalite Special Intelligence Branch in Andhra Pradesh) told this author in July, a TUF serves the Maoists’ agenda in the following ways:

* To consolidate various ‘anti-imperialist’ struggles and bring them on to one platform on the basis of a common working understanding;

* To expand the reach of the Maoists to various sections of society by building contacts with them;

* To expand overground cadre strength, thoroughly indoctrinate them, and then completely incorporate them into organisational work, especially in urban areas;

* Poach partners for potential leaders and ideologues;

* Serves as a good cover from the long arm of the state;

* Essentially being a political activity, it reinforces military activities, i.e., armed struggle.

The CPI-Maoist has a front organisation known as Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), which has been proscribed by the central government. Some of its key leaders and units are known to be functioning in various states.

The RDF was the prime mover behind the formation of the People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI) that was founded in July 2006. Its members include Medha Patkar, Nandita Haksar, S.A.R. Geelani, B.D. Sharma, P. Varavara Rao and Darshan Pal.

Some of its constituent organisations include Samyukta Sangram Committee (West Bengal), Indian Federation of Trade Unions, All India Federation of Trade Unions, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Daman Virodhi Manch (Orissa), Jharkhand Progressive Students Union — an affiliate of the All India Radical Students Federation (AIRSF).

It is important to closely monitor the linkages that overground Maoist groups and individuals might seek to form with Muslim groups. These links would not threaten the security of the country but can serve as a headache that can best be avoided.

(P.V. Ramana is Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He can be contacted at

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Andhra Maoists calls Muslims for united war on State terror

Posted by jagoindia on August 24, 2008

Maoists calls Muslims for united war on State terror
Updated:  08-22-2008

HYDERABAD :Condemning re-imposition of ban on SIMI, the CPI (Maoists) Central Committee asked Musllims to join them for united war on State terror. Party spokesperson Azad in a statement termed ban on SIMI as reiteration of UPA’s policy to continue its brutal war on Muslims.
He said that his party demanded lifting of the ban on not only SIMI but his own party and punish the criminals who had unleashed attacks and committed atrocities on Muslims and other religious minorities. The extremist party said that war on terror is a ploy to suppress the people’s struggles and plunder for wealth of our country.

He said that his party condemned the double standards of the ruling classes in Kashmir and called upon peple of all religions to unite and fight back the brutal onslaught by the fascist Indian State and Hindu communal forces on innocent Muslims in Kashmir.

He said Kashmir people’s just and democratic struggle is “our own” struggle. End

Also refer to: Simi, AP Maoists ‘brothers in arms’

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SIMI may shift to Goa and Maharashtra from BJP-ruled Karnataka

Posted by jagoindia on June 28, 2008

SIMI may shift to Goa from BJP-ruled Karnataka, ex-CM warns

With Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) government taking over the reigns in Karnataka, it is becoming unsafe for SIMI activists who are shifting their base to Goa and Maharashtra, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said today.

Parrikar told presspersons, quoting mediareports which has carried confession of SIMI activists arrested in Karnataka recently that “it is clearly mentioned that SIMI activists have named Goa as one of their operational area,” he said.

The BJP leader said his party’s rule in Karnataka is likely to weed out the SIMI activities forcing them to look for new grounds.

The former Chief Minister said the police have confirmed about activities of SIMI and certain elements having links with naxal-like organizations in the state.

He said though these activities have not reached a `dangerous level’ police needs to check them.

“There are certain sections which are trying to induce elements of extremism amongst the mining-hit villagers. They have links with certain outfits like naxalite movement,” Parrikar said.

Posted in BJP, Goa, Islamofascism, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Maoists/naxalites, SIMI, State, Terrorism | Leave a Comment »

Muslim mob sets upon Hindus at Ganga Sagar

Posted by jagoindia on June 14, 2008

Muslim mob sets upon Hindus at Ganga Sagar

Pioneer News Service | Kolkata, June 14, 1008

In what is being viewed as a CPI(M) ploy to shift focus from burning issues and gain back confidence of minorities, who had shifted their loyalties during panchayat election, the police on Friday arrested 15 Hindu pilgrims to Ganga Sagar but let go a Muslim mob, mostly CPI(M) supporters, who on Thursday night attacked and burnt down an inn at Ganga Sagar Islands before assaulting local police men.

The crowd armed with sharp-edged weapons attacked the inn — near Kapil Muni temple — and beat up pilgrims at around 7 pm, said police sources. A few policemen deployed were also manhandled when they tried to intervene. Tapan Ghosh and Sunder Das, both workers of Hindu Sanghati, were also beaten up. The four-hour ordeal continued till a larger contingent of police force headed by the Kakdwip BDO and SDPO arrived.

The mob was led by Sheikh Ismail, a CPI(M) member and chairman of the local panchayat, police sources conceded but refused to arrest the culprits. “Such was the condition that the pilgrims were trembling and even the BDO was injured,” said a source and added finally RAF had to be called in. “The police refused to lodge FIRs against the attackers who burnt down three rooms rented by the RSS for pilgrims,” said sources.

“What was more agonising was instead of booking the offenders the police arrested the victims. At least 15 of them were arrested and booked under non-bailable sections, BJP State secretary Rahul Sinha said. Meanwhile, thousands of BJP workers led by Sinha on Friday staged a blockade at Esplanade in Kolkata. Later, 526 of them were arrested and released later. “The Left Front Government has become weak,” Sinha said, adding that the CPI(M) is trying to appease the minority community by playing a “partisan game.”

Posted in Hindus, Maoists/naxalites, Mob, Muslims, State, West Bengal | 1 Comment »

Maoists, Muslim extremists join hands to fight ‘state terror’

Posted by jagoindia on June 13, 2008

Maoists, Muslim fundamentalists to fight ‘state terror’ together
CITHARA PAULFriday, June 13, 2008
New Delhi, June 12: Maoists and Muslim fundamentalists — they may seem to be the most unlikely partners. But in a move which is rife with much internal contradictions and political ramifications, the two are coming together to forge a national platform to combat “state terror”.

Calling themselves “the victims of state terror”, the two improbable partners had sat together for the first time and called for resistance against all kinds of terror unleashed by the State and Central governments against Maoists and Muslims. The meeting was held in Kerala last month.

The main forces behind the move are — ‘Porattom’, a Maoist group having base in South India, Minority Watch, a human rights organisation suspected of having close links with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and National Democratic Front (NDF), a radical Muslim group accused of having similar links with the banned Islamic Sevak Sangh (ISS).

“Maoists and Muslims share the similar plight of being the victims of the state terror. The best way to eliminate anyone who raises his voice against the wrong doings of the State is to brand him as a Naxalite. Similar is the plight of Muslim brethren. Whenever and wherever there is a terrorist attack, the community as a whole is brought under the eye of suspicion. Every Muslim is being treated as a potential terrorist. It is in this background that we have decided to join hands to combat this state sponsored terrorism,” said Ravunni, general convener of Porattom.

Nazaruddeen Elamarom of the NDF also echoed similar views. “The Maoists and the Muslims are the worst affected victims of state terror. We are the favourite whipping boys of the Government as we are clubbed together as anti-nationals. And this is the common thread that connects the two,” he said. According to him, it is for the first time that the Naxalites and Muslim groups are coming together for espousing a similar cause.

Nazarudden maintained that the fight would be against the upper caste ruling elite forces of Hindutva and imperialism who have the agenda of hunting down Maoists and Muslims. “This is for upholding human rights and to stop the fascists,” he added.

The agenda of the Maoist-Muslim joint platform group includes withdrawal of ban on SIMI and a total full stop to encounter killings. They also want the Naxalites to be given the treatment of war prisoners.

According to Ravunni, they are in touch with many other Maoist and Muslim groups across the country. “We are planning to hold our next meetings in Bangalore and Calcutta. We would be deciding upon the nature and structure of the joint platform in those meetings and it would have a pan Indian nature,” he said. Ravunni said that the meeting has brought together two victim groups together and the rest of the fight would be fought together.

Acknowledging that it was an unlikely alliance, Ravunni said: “A lot of complexities are involved in this coming together.” “But we would unite to fight against the common enemy putting aside differences in their ideologies,” he added.

The meeting was also attended by some civil society movements including Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (CHRO) and People’s Union Civil Liberty (PUCL) working against encounter killings and anti-terror laws.

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