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Six Islamic Terrorists Arrested Over Pune, Delhi, Bangalore Attacks

Posted by jagoindia on December 2, 2011

Six men arrested by Delhi police over India attacks
1 December 2011

Police in the Indian capital Delhi say they have arrested six people in connection with a series of countrywide attacks last year.

The men belong to the Indian Mujahideen group which has been blamed for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India, the police said.

A Pakistani man, suspected to have links to the outlawed radical group Jaish-e-Muhammad, is also being held.

Police say they are seeking another man in connection with the blasts.

The six men, who were detained in Delhi, Bihar and Chennai, are “all members of the Indian Mujahideen terror modules”, a statement issued by the Delhi police said.

The men were suspected of involvement in the attacks last year on a bakery in the western city of Pune, a stadium in the southern city of Bangalore and a shooting incident near Delhi’s Jama Masjid mosque, the statement said.

Rifles, cartridges, pistols and explosive material had been seized, it added.

The blast at the German bakery in Pune in February 2010 killed 17 people and injured 56. It was the first major bombing in India after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

At least eight people were injured when a bomb exploded outside a cricket stadium in Bangalore in April last year.

And two foreign tourists were injured after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a bus near the Jama Masjid mosque, a popular tourist site, in Delhi last September.

The United States has put the Indian Mujahideen on its list of foreign terrorist organisations, saying that the group was responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India in the last six years.

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Pune German Bakery blast case solve with arrest of two Islamic terrorists

Posted by jagoindia on September 10, 2010

Bomb was fabricated at Baig’s cyber café and taken to Pune: ATS

via The  Hindu
Rahi Gaikwad
Vinaya Deshpande

CASE SOLVED: Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria with his team members at a press conferene in Mumbai to announce the cracking of the Pune German Bakery blast case.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday announced an award of Rs. 5 lakh for the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad team which cracked the German Bakery blast case by arresting Mirza Himayat Baig (29) from Pune and Sheikh Lalbaba Mohammad Hussain Farid alias Bilal in Nashik.

Declaring the case “solved,” Home Minister R.R. Patil said: “I congratulate the Maharashtra ATS and other national agencies involved in the investigation. The Chief Minister will soon felicitate the ATS team.”

Narrating the sequence of events before the February 13 blast, ATS chief Rakesh Maria told presspersons here that the conspirators Mohsin Chaudhary, Mohammad Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin alias Shah Rukh and Baig brought the explosives to Global Internet Café, run by Baig at Udgir in Latur district, between 1 and 5 a.m. on February 7 and fabricated the bomb there. On February 13, Yasin and Baig, carrying the bomb, travelled to Pune by bus, and planted the bomb in the bakery. However, the CCTV in the bakery did not capture Baig. Mr. Maria said the person in the footage was Yasin as he entered the bakery, while Baig waited outside.

The ATS chief said the accused used a Nokia mobile alarm to set off the bomb, which went off around 7.30 p.m.

Baig was previously involved in two cases — one a 2008 UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) case of the ATS in Pune and the other under the Arms Act. He had gone to Bhatkal for training. Iqbal and Riyaz Shahbandari — known as the Bhatkal brothers — sheltered him when he was on the run for his involvement in the two cases, Mr. Maria said.

“He is from the original Fayyaz Qazi and Zabiuddin Ansari module, which was involved in a May 2006 arms haul case [in Aurangabad]. He was part of that group,” the ATS chief said.

Originally a resident of Beed district in Maharashtra, Baig settled in Udgir. He failed in the B.A. second year examination. He was close to Fayyaz Qazi and Zabiuddin Ansari.


Bilal (27) was arrested at 8.45 p.m. on Tuesday from Ashoknagar, Satpur in Nashik, for doing a recce of vital government installations there. He was a resident of Hotgi in Solapur district. He set up an Indian Mujahideen sleeper cell in Nashik and was trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan from January 2008 to early 2010.

“In these two years, he did not officially come back to India. But according to our information, he crossed the border thrice — twice via Bangladesh and once via Nepal. He has failed in B.Sc. first year examination,” Mr. Maria said.

The ATS seized from Bilal two kg of RDX, LeT literature, soldering wires, cutters, booklets on bomb-making, SIM cards, fake documents used for getting SIM cards, mobile phones, pen drives and $1,300 and Rs. 10,500 in cash. “He has got the U.S. dollars from Pakistan,” ATS officer Sukhwinder Singh said.

According to the ATS’ preliminary information, Bilal was not directly involved in planning or executing the bakery blast. “His prime objective was to recce government buildings. He carried many fake documents. He also possessed a driving licence, a residential certificate and other documents all under fake identities,” Mr. Maria said.

Police custody

Baig was produced before a court in Pune on Wednesday afternoon and was remanded to 14-day police custody till September 20. A Nashik court remanded Bilal to police custody till September 14.

The ATS is on the lookout for Mohsin and Yasin. The probe took ATS teams to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.

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Blast from the Past: Could Pune be a Future Terrorist Target?

Posted by jagoindia on February 27, 2010

An old 2006 article explores the possibility of Islamic terrorism in Pune.

Click: Could Pune be a Future Terrorist Target?

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Pune youths start facebook on German bakery Islamic terror blast

Posted by jagoindia on February 23, 2010

These youth need a foundation course on Islamic terrorism in India

History of Jihad and Islamic terrorism in India
Pune youngsters vent anger in virtual world on blast

Pune/New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) ‘How dare they touch Pune?’, fumed an angry and anguished Swaroopa Sanap, a Pune youngster, on popular social networking website Facebook, a day after a blast ripped through the popular German bakery in the city leaving nine people dead.

Hapless and angry, hundreds of people – mostly youngsters – gave vent to their emotions in the virtual world after the blast took place.

A community created on Facebook, ‘In Memory of those who died in the Pune Koregaon Park bomb blast’, just hours after the terror bombing, immediately registered 1,339 members and is adding on more.

One of the members, Shivdeep Deokar, wrote how he tried to help the victims after the blast took place.

‘I was at the German Bakery 5 minutes after the bomb blast. Tried to help a lot of people there. My house is in lane five (at a distance from the bakery) but I felt the vibrations till my house. We rushed to see what’s wrong… there were around 10 to 15 bodies lying on the road,’ Deokar described.

Sharing his predicament, he wrote: ‘Did not know what to do. Only four cops were there. There were not less than 20-25 bodies, but reports say it’s much less.’

The Koregaon park where the German bakery is located, is a popular hangout zone for youngsters since it has a number of pubs, lounges and cafes. The area is often called a foodie’s delight.

Even as the city’s youngsters opened up their hearts in the virtual world, strangers offered condolences and motivation to fight back.

Said Akash Narangi: ‘Our city, our German bakery blown up – how dare these people torch anything and everything? What are our politicians doing? If our home ministry knew that Pune was a target, why didn’t they do anything to prevent it?’

Replied Ananya Sengupta of Delhi: ‘Don’t worry, Pune and German Bakery will fight back.’

The Facebook group has sent out a message to observe five minutes silence at 7.15 p.m. Sunday – the time of the blast Saturday – in memory of those who were killed and injured in the blast.

At least 60 people were also injured in the blast, including 10 foreign nationals.
Indo Asian News Service

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Pune blast resulted from security diversion for “My Name Is Khan”: Bitta, Chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front

Posted by jagoindia on February 19, 2010

Pune blast resulted from security diversion for MNIK: Bitta

PTI, Feb 17, 2010

PUNE:  A security diversion to protect the Shah Rukh Khan movie ‘MNIK’ offered an opportune moment for the ISI to engineer the terror attack in Pune, Chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front M S Bitta alleged.

“THE ISI capitalized on the prevailing situation to strike Pune where security infrastructure was lame,” he told a press conference here.

Bitta who visited the blast victims at a city hospital, said Pune is a big city in India and a leading educational and economic hub and the masterminds of the German Bakery blast had designs to harm that status.

“Beefing up security in Pune after the blast is nothing but a farce. Why the government did not do it earlier in view of the burgeoning proportions of the city ?,” he asked and blamed politicians for playing “politics over the dead bodies”.

Bitta also criticised Shiv Sena and MNS for their “divisive politics” and said that was precisely what Pakistan wanted.

He demanded immediate hanging of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru involved in the Parliament attack and constitution of Anti-Terrorist military court to try cases on fast track.

“Afzal is still evading the noose and Kasab is enjoying mutton Biryani from Mumbai police,” he commented.

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Pune blasts: 4 Kashmiri handicraft sellers arrested in Hampi

Posted by jagoindia on February 18, 2010

Pune link: 4 held in Hampi
Bellary, Feb. 17: Four Kashmiri men were taken into custody in Hampi on Wednesday in connection with Saturday’s terror attack on the German Bakery in Pune.

A police team from Pune, following specific clues in emails sent from IP addresses in Hampi, detained the four suspects who sources said sold artefacts at Virapura Gadde Island in the Tungabhadra river.

Investigating officials are looking for three other suspects in the heritage town that draws thousands of foreign tourists every year. In Virapura Gadde, where a franchise of the German Bakery is located and from where the emails were sent, seven Internet cafés were shut down since Tuesday evening.

Fearing for their safety, many foreign tourists staying in resorts on the island, a kilometre from Hampi by coracle, started moving to hotels in Hampi and Hospet after news spread of the suspects being taken into custody.

Investigators believe that a part of the Pune attack conspiracy could have been hatched in Hampi, sources said.

The Pune police team arrived in Hampi after carrying out investigations in Bhatkal in the Uttara Kannada district, the hometown of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal.

The Kashmiri community in Hampi has been under the scanner earlier as well, with the Bengaluru police arresting a suspected Kashmiri terrorist, Imran Jalal, in Hampi in January 2007. Jalal established the now-defunct Kashmiri-Rajasthani Handicrafts Shop Owners’ Association that comprised over 35 Kashmiris.

Shivakumar G. Malagi

4 Kashmiris among 40 detained in Pune probe
TNN, Feb 18, 2010

BELLARY/BANGALORE: Four Kashmiri youths have been taken into custody in Hampi in connection with the February 13 explosion in Pune that left 11 persons dead. The detention was made by a team of the Maharashtra police near Virupapura Gaddi locality.

The Pune blast site was littered with handicrafts items, leading the Mumbai police to Hampi. The four Kashmiris are sellers of handicrafts. The police are looking for three other persons, according to sources.

Dozens of other detentions have been made in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune on the basis of intelligence, call records and whatever ‘little information’ sleuths could glean from the CCTV footage containing images of activities on North Main Road, where the German Bakery’s entrance is located.

But superintendent of police Seemanth Kumar Singh denied the arrest of anybody in connection with the Pune blast. Another SP, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, told TOI no arrest or detentions had been made. “Neither we nor any other state police force has arrested or detained anyone.’’

The Maharashtra police team inspected various cyber cafes in Hampi, a popular haunt for foreign tourists. They questioned some foreigners, and enquired with the local police and hotel owners about people who had booked rooms for a week and left in a hurry. The police have visited some of the villages surrounding Hampi. More than 40 hotels catering to foreign tourists are located in Hampi.

Three years ago, a suspected terrorist, Bilal, from Kashmir, was arrested in Bangalore. An LeT operative, he had planned to attack the Bengaluru International Airport and Wipro and Infosys offices.

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From Azamgarh, Islamic terrorism shifted base to Pune

Posted by jagoindia on February 16, 2010

“It was here that I learnt that most of the boys had gone to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune to pursue studies or work. It was in these cities that they came in touch with terror modules and were indoctrinated.”

From Azamgarh, terror shifted base to Pune
By: Ketan Ranga Date: 2010-02-16,  Midday

Ketan Ranga remembers the time in 2008 when Azamgarh was under the terror scanner, but all evidence hinted that the real terror hub was elsewhere

The serial blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi and then the Batla House encounter in 2008 cleared up one thing.

Azamgarh had become the hub of terrorism in India.

Most of the terrorists whose names cropped in relation to these incidents were from Saraimeer, Sanjerpur and villages of Azamgarh.

On September 22, 2008, I went to Azamgarh to cover the arrest and deaths of some of the terrorists. In Saraimeer, I spoke to the families of the alleged terrorists. It was here that I learnt that most of the boys had gone to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune to pursue studies or work. It was in these cities that they came in touch with terror modules and were indoctrinated.

I was still in Azamgarh when the Mumbai police broke up the media wing of Indian Mujahideen (IM), which used to send terror mails before blasts. All those who were nabbed belonged to Pune, including Mansur Azhgar Peerbhoy, the software engineer who was responsible for hacking into unsecured WiFi connections to send terror mails. However, a number of people, including Mohsin Chowdhary, an accused in the Ahmedabad blasts and now a suspect in the Pune blast, went absconding and continued their work.

Further investigations revealed that many students and professionals came in touch with terror modules when they went for Arabic classes in Pune. Arif Bashir, another accused in the Ahmedabad blast, was the IM man who would identify candidates for indoctrination into terror activities at these classes.

The area in Pune where most students from Azamgarh were staying also came under the police scanner.

The police finally realised that the IM had its headquarters in Pune. It was discovered that IM modules from all over India came to Pune to hold meetings and recruit. In fact, even after various IM modules were broken and a number of terrorists were caught, the recruitment in Pune continued unabated.

This was 2008. Even then it was clear that the work on sleeper cells in Pune was progressing at great speed. The Azamgarh module was broken up, but Pune was fast becoming the next hub of terror.

Saturday’s blast at the German Bakery just sealed that conclusion.

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Karan Johar, Khan and Bollywood distort reality and should be made to pay for Pune victims

Posted by jagoindia on February 15, 2010

“This is why you shouldn’t take Bollywood at face value. They are not on the side of the vast majority of Indian people nor the wider national interest of India.

The terror attacks in Pune over the weekend may or may not have been avoided, but one thing is clear if Bollywood had cared half as much about reality of Islamic Jihadis instead of making movie after movie distorting reality of how these people actually operate, we may have had more security forces, and more rigorous methods on the ground to protect the innocents who were killed in Pune yesterday. Not to ignore the possibility of a more immediate cause of this, diversion of national and state security forces for the stake of some Khan movie.”

Rest click

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Pune Blast: Freelance reporter gives details of suspected terrorist

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010

US journo claims she may have seen Pune blast suspect
February 14, 2010,

Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh’s press conference on Sunday saw him invoke the national interest in asking the media not to speak the injured in Saturday’s German Bakery blast, but that was not the only dramatic thing about it.

Mohsina (name changed to safeguard the investigations into the sensitive case be jeopardised. has Mohsina’s real name, her contact details and photograph), a young freelance reporter working for various newspapers in the United States, including the Washington Post (her press card reads Georgia Post) told Satyapal Singh at a crowded press conference that she had called two police helpline numbers this morning to report about an ‘unusual event’ which she witnessed at the German Bakery on February 12, a day before the bomb blast.

The two helpline numbers, which Mohsina got from the internet, were of no help because when she called up, the person at the other end hung up, as he “could not understand her accent”.

Mohisna is of Iranian descent, born in India [ Images ] but brought up in the US. She stays with her cousin at Koregaon Park’s lane 5.

“Normally, in such terror attacks, one expects the police to publish some hotline numbers where those who have information about such attacks could call and help the police. But why didn’t the Pune police do it?” she asked in frustration as she felt she could help the police sketch the image of the possible suspect.

When she pointed this out to Dr Singh, he gave out three numbers (020 26126296, 020 26122880, 020 26125396) and said that those who have any information about the attack can call the police.

Later, when asked Dr Singh if he will seek Mohsina’s help to get her help or wait for her to call him — she was present for quite some time after the press conference got over — he said he had given her his number and expected her to call him.

“Perhaps the person who I think could possibly be the bomb planter may not turn out to be so. But one thing is sure, that the person looked suspicious and I can assure you that he was quite at sea at the bakery for he did not even know if waiters served there at the table or if it was a self-help joint,” says Mohsina.

Apparently, Mohsina, who’s a frequent visitor at German Bakery, saw a dark and short man of Indian origin at around 2.30 pm on February 12, who spoke with a thick Indian accent, and who inadvertently hit Mohsina with his beige coloured bag (Dr Singh had earlier told the media persons that the bag that contained the bomb was bluish-red in colour) and said sorry.

“Later, he kept his bag on the seat opposite mine but sat someplace else, which was very unusual,” recalls Mohsina.

“Normally, a person keeps his baggage close to him or near or under his table, but not this guy,” she added.

This suspicious person also asked Mohsina if she knew of any decent guest house in the area where he could find lodgings.

Interestingly, Mohsina again ran into the same person the same evening at around 7 pm at German Bakery, with his bag in tow, making her believe that he was still looking for a hotel.

“Isn’t it strange that somebody couldn’t find a hotel to stay in about four and a half hours in a city like Pune, with just one bag on him?” asks Mohsina.

Dr Satyapal Singh, who hit out at the media for talking to eyewitnesses recuperating at various hospitals in Pune and thereby jeopardising police’s investigations (“If somebody tries it out he or she will face it,” was the commissioner’s stern warning) did not show any urgency in seeking Mohsina’s help in getting the sketch of the person.

“It seems he is in no urgency to get the sketches done. He told me that he will call me later for the sketches,” Mohsina says with some astonishment. (Press Trust of India reports that the Pune police is preparing a sketch of the blast suspect on the basis of eyewitness accounts).

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Pune attacked while Maharasthra govt offers security to SRK and My Name is Khan, arrests 1,200 Shiva Sena

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010

Maharashtra govt offers security to SRK
30 Jan ’10

The Maharashtra government on Friday offered police protection to actor Shah Rukh Khan following Shiv Sena’s remarks against him and the tearing up of posters of his film My Name Is Khan. Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe said anyone taking law into their hands would be dealt with sternly. Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, executive president Shiv Sena said that the state government should first provide apt security to Mumbaikars and then talk about players and games.

Maharashtra govt cracks down on Shiv Sena, 1200 arrested
AGENCIES, 10 February 2010

MUMBAI: In a major crackdown, city police have arrested over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks ahead of the release of Shah Rukh-Kajol starer ‘My Name Is Khan’ after the party stepped up its protest against the film over the actor’s IPL remarks. ( Watch Video )

The 63 theatres across the city that would screen Karan Johan directed ‘My Name…’ have turned into fortresses with heavy deployment of police. ( Watch Video )

“In the last 24 hours, over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks have been arrested. While 955 were arrested under the preventive action, the rest were put behind bars for different cases, including for protesting outside the theatres, vandalising screens among others,” said Ramesh Bagwe, minister of state for home affairs said.

The Sena activists, including office bearers, were charged with rioting, damaging property, unlawful assembly and trespassing, police said. Some people roaming near Broadway cinema at suburban Borivali today were picked up on suspicion that they might cause trouble.

Both Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan have held out the assurance of a smooth release of the film on Friday.

Tight security has been provided to 63 theatres across the city. Guidelines have also been issued to all police stations by the city police chief regarding security arrangements.

“We will provide all the security. I appeal to the people of Maharashtra to go and watch the film and not to be scared by such threats. In fact, I am also going to watch the movie,” Chavan said.

The Sena renewed its threat not to allow the release of the film days after party supremo Balasaheb Thackeray said there would be no disruption in the screening.

Khan has refused to tender any apology as sought by the Sena, saying he has not said anything wrong, which he needs to retract.

Upping the ante, Sena leader Manohar Joshi said, “We will not allow the movie to be released. Shah Rukh should first apologise to Balasaheb (Thackeray) and then only we can talk with him.”

In the wake of the protests, leaves of the city policemen have been cancelled to ensure their full presence. Personnel from State Reserve Police Force and Home Guards will also be deployed at the theatres, police said.

Karan Johar, director and co-producer of the film, said the film will be released as scheduled after he was assured by the Police Commissioner that adequate security will be provided.

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