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1998 Coimbatore blasts suspected Islamic terrorist nabbed in New Delhi by police

Posted by jagoindia on January 12, 2009

The 1998 Coimbatore bombings occurred on Saturday, February 14 1998, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 46 persons – 35 men, 10 women and one child – were killed and over 200 injured in 13 bomb attacks in 11 places , all of them within a 12km radius, 4 bombs were planted at R S Puram area, two near Bus Stand, 1 near Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and at Ukkadam area. These car bombs was the work of Muslim fundamentalist group “Al Umma” which had a strong presence in Coimbatore. link

1998 Coimbatore blasts suspect nabbed in New Delhi by police
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi, Dec 26: In a major success in unwinding the terror network in the country, a top militant linked with the Indian Mujahideen was nabbed by the Kerala Police team in the national capital on Friday.

The arrested militant, who was identified as Hamid, is also believed to be one of the main masterminds of the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts and was on the most wanted list of Kerala Police since long.

Hamid is said to be the south zone commander of Indian Mujahideen and is believed to be an expert in making explosive devices and timer bombs.

The intelligence inputs gathered about him also suggests that he is connection with dreaded militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Hamid has been taken for interrogation by the Kerala Police.

According to reports, the intelligence officials will also try to establish his role in the recent bomb blasts in several cities.

He is expected to reveal crucial information regarding Indian Mujahideen’s future activities and its main operatives in various cities.

The arrest is being hailed as a big achievement of the country’s intelligence agencies since Hamid was on the run for several years.

The Kerala Police team picked up Hamid from Yamuna Vihar locality in New Delhi following a tip off from the intelligence agencies about his possible hideout.

The Kerala Police laid a trap to nab him, after it was confirmed that Hamid was living in disguise for several years in the area.

At least 33 people — including eight women and one child –were killed and 153 others were injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts that took place in Coimbatore on Feb 14 in 1998.

The blast occurred shortly before Bharatiya Janata Party president L K Advani arrived for a campaign meeting.

From 1998 — Feb 14

33 killed in Coimbatore blasts

At least 33 people — including eight women and one child — died and 153 others were injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts in Coimbatore on Saturday, shortly before Bharatiya Janata Party president L K Advani arrived for a campaign meeting.

Advani, whose flight from Thiruvanathapuram was delayed by three hours, was not present at the rally site when the blasts occurred.

In a related incident, Advani claimed later that a ‘human bomb,’ who was chased by the police from the rally site, blew himself up.

A curfew has been imposed in the textile city, and the army deployed to contain the widespread riots which followed the blasts. Tension reigns, the telecommunication system is down and vehicles are off the roads. People are staying indoors. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued to quell the violence.

The situation, one reporter from Coimbatore told Star News, is now under control and no fresh incidents of violence have occurred after 1900 hours.

Sources said the blasts occurred in 12 places, including R S Puram Kaliyarange, the meeting venue, near the railway station, the central bus stand, a commercial complex and the medical college hospital.

The first blast occurred at 1550 hours. For the next hour, sources said, the explosions continued across the city and suburban Sundarpuram where four people died. Three more explosions were heard near the dais from where Advani was supposed to address a meeting at 1600 hours. The BJP leader’s flight from Thiruvanthapuram was delayed by three hours and he did not arrive at R S Puram as scheduled. At least nine people, including three nurses, died on the spot at R S Puram.

One blast occurred in a shop named Rajendra Textiles, a source in Coimbatore said, killing three women on the spot.

At west Sambandapuram junction, four blasts occurred simultaneously. Six bodies were found at the venue. Four bodies were recovered from near the Thiruvalluvar bus stand. The bombs were reportedly placed in two wheelers and cars parked near the blast sites.

The blasts occurred despite the elaborate security measures, including the deployment of paramilitary forces, which Advani’s presence had invited in the city.

The blasts came four years and 11 months after the serial blasts in Bombay which killed over 300 people. The modus operandi appeared identical to the March 12, 1993 explosions, with bombs detonating all over Coimbatore.

Though no one has taken responsibility for the blasts, a home ministry official in Delhi, speaking on condition of anonymity, indicated that the explosions may have been the handiwork of Islamic fundamentalists who have become active in the prosperous textile town after the Babri Masjid demolition. He said the Intelligence Bureau had warned the Union home ministry and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ministry of such a possibility in a report in late January.

Sources in Coimbatore said mobs ran amuck soon after the blasts, looting and burning Muslim shops in scenes reminiscent of last December’s riots. Muslim establishments — including the wellknown Shobha shopping centre — across the city were then attacked by maurading mobs, angered by the slaying of a traffic policemen, allegedly by activists of the Al-Umma group.

Some Muslims injured in those incidents were killed when they were recuperating at the medical centre hospital, minutes after the local DMK MP was attacked there. The Tamil Nadu government deployed the army — reportedly for the first time in the state’s history — to control the situation. Twenty people died in the December disturbances.

Two army companies were been deployed once again in Coimbatore on Saturday. The Tamil Nadu government also banned the Al-Umma and All India Al-Jihad Committee. Al-Umma has, however, denied responsibilty for the blasts. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was addressing a meeting in Chintadripet when Coimbatore was reeling under the blasts and the rioting. Karunanidhi appeared not to have been briefed by the officials during the rally and was seen relaxed. He spoke till 1654 hours.

Advani, who arrived in Coimbatore three hours behind schedule, could not address the meeting despite his insistence as the crowds had fled in panic following the blasts.

The BJP leader then drove to the medical college hospital, one of the blast sites, and called on the victims, before leaving for Tirichirapalli, where he was scheduled to address a joint rally along with AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha.

Security in and around Tiruchirapalli town was tightened immediately after the Coimbatore blasts. A special team of police commandos flew in from Madras to provide security at the airport at the time of Advani’s arrival and departure. No one was allowed inside the airport, which is located 12 kms from the meeting venue. Tight security was also evident at Marakkadai, the rally site.

In Madurai, which was reported tense, 500 police personnel were pressed into service for a round the clock vigil in the city. Police Commissioner P C Viswanathan said 16 police stations were assigned with eight assistant commissioners. All important places in the town, including its many temples, have been provided with security. Security in Tirunelveli besides the sensitive Kadayanallur and Tenkasi areas has been enhanced, the police said.

Dindigul Deputy Inspector General of Police Subramaniam said two companies of Tamil Nadu special police and Central Reserve Police Force were deployed in Cumbum and Uthamapalayam. Armed police have been pressed into service in the Palani and Dindugul towns.

Karunanidhi, who spoke to Prime Minister I K Gujral on Saturday evening, said the blasts were the handiwork of fundamentalist forces, which were out to scuttle the peaceful conduct of the election in the state.

Gujral, Karunanidhi said, had assured him that the Centre would take all steps to “defeat the conspiracy, hatched by a foreign hand, to disrupt democracy in the country.”

Karunanidhi reviewed the situation with top government officials including Chief Secretary K A Nambiar and Director General of Police F C Sharma at the state secretariat. Both Karunanidhi and Nambiar will visit Coimbatore on Sunday morning.

In a statement released late on Saturday night, Advani said he was the target of the serial blasts in Coimbatore. The BJP president said anti-national forces had targetted the electoral process and he and his party were the clear targets.

The first blast occurred about 200 feet from the stage at the scheduled time of his arrival and there were blasts on all four sides of the venue subsequently. Had the meeting started on time, he said, the consequences would have been unimaginable.

Shobha Warrier, Chindu Sreedharan, A Ganesh Nadar, George Iype, P Rajendran. Additional reportage:UNI

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Tamil Nadu’s 12 most wanted Muslim extremists on the loose

Posted by jagoindia on December 8, 2008

TN’s most dangerous ultras still at large
6 Dec 2008, K Praveen Kumar, TNN

CHENNAI: When security agencies across the country are in a state of high alert following the Mumbai terror attacks, 12 most wanted fundamentalists,
including three persons trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan, are on the loose after being involved in bomb attacks in Tamil Nadu. The government has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for five of them. Neither the special investigation team, which probed terrorism-related cases in Tamil Nadu, nor the state intelligence unit, has any inputs on their whereabouts or activities.

The absconding fundamentalists are: Abubacker Siddique alias Kakka (7 cases), Ayub alias Ashraf Ali (9 cases), Ibrahim (Coimbatore blast case), Mohammed Ali alias Yunus alias Mansoor (3 cases), Ashraf Ali (Coimbatore blast case), Mujibur Rahman alias Muji (5 cases), Mushtaq Ahmed (Chennai RSS headquarters blast case), Rasool Mydeen (2 cases), Jaguar Sadiq alias Tailor Raja alias Valarntha Raja (5 cases), Toufeeque (2 cases), Noohi N P alias Mankave Rasheed (Coimbatore blast case) and Kunju Mohammed alias Gani (Coimbatore blast case).

“We do not have specific information on them, though occasionally we get vague inputs. We had formed special parties to hunt down these accused. We have also passed on the look-out notice for these persons to the Intelligence Bureau, which has in turn intimated the immigration authorities,” Narendra Pal Singh, additional director general of police, SIT, CB-CID, told TOI.

Three of the fundamentalists — Kakka, Ayub and Thoufeeque — were trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and are experts in making explosives, police sources said. Kakka, a hardcore Al Umma activist, has seven cases against him under the Explosive Substances Act. He has been absconding since 1997. “Many of their companions have been convicted. But we could not get hold of them. There should be a concentrated effort to track these men,” a senior police official said.

The state intelligence agencies maintain that unless they have an input regarding involvement of any of these absconding accused in a criminal plot in Tamil Nadu, they are not worried.

Ayub alias Ashraf Ali, a core member of Islamic Defence Force, has been more dangerous and was the key operative behind the three train blasts in Tamil Nadu in 1997, which killed 10 persons and injured another 72. In a bid to blast the US consulate in Chennai, Ashraf Ali along with his associates had allegedly planted bombs on Anna Flyover in Chennai. He was also accused of sending parcel bombs to director Mani Ratnam for allegedly portraying Muslims in bad light in his film ‘Bombay’.

Mushtaq Ahmed, who joined hands with Imam Ali, one of the founders of Al Umma, had planted powerful explosives at the RSS headquarters in Chennai in 1993, killing 11 RSS workers. “What worries them is that these are all seasoned militants who cannot be sitting idle. As per the information we had earlier, they all had left Tamil Nadu and many of them are in the Gulf countries. We also had inputs regarding their visits to the country. But they have always managed to escape,” the police official said.

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Over 7000 Islamofascists arrested in Tamil Nadu on Babri Mosque demolition

Posted by jagoindia on December 7, 2008

Over 7000 Muslims arrested in South India on Babri Mosque demolition anniversary
NEW DELHI, Dec. 6 APP: Over 7,000 Muslims were arrested in Tamil Nadu state in India for protesting against demolition of Babri Mosque in 1992.

They were demonstrating on the 16th anniversary of demolition of the Mosque.

Media reports from Chennai said the authorities had tightened security ahead of the demonstrations in the communally sensitive Coimbatore district of the state by deploying additional force at airports and places of worship.

The authorities arrested activists of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) and Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) when they tried to stage “rail rook” and demonstration in many places, including Chennai, Coimbatore and Tirupur, demanding rebuilding of Babri Masjid.

In Chennai alone, around 1,500 members of TNTJ were arrested near Raj Bhavan while about 800 members of TMMK were held at the Central and Egmore Railway Stations, the police said.

In Coimbatore over 2,000 activists of TMMK and TNTJ were detained.

Similar protests were also staged in other cities and towns of Tamil Nadu.  Meanwhile, Muslim organisations in India have demanded President Pratibha Patil to re-build the mosque at its original site.

The All India Babri Masjid Re-Building Committee and All India Muslim Unity Front in a joint memorandum to Patil also demanded referral of all disputes relating to it and Ram temple to the Supreme Court for a final time-bound and binding decision.

The verdict of the court will be acceptable to the Muslim community, the memorandum said.

Mohammed Younus Siddique, President of  Babri Masjid Re-Building demanded arrest of opposition leader L K Advani, BJP’s senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Bharitya Jan Shakti leader Uma Bharti and others in connection with demolition of Babri Masjid.

Meanwhile, Hindu Mahasabha activists tried to stage March towards Babri Mosque site in Ayodhya on Saturday.

Fifty of them were arrested, police said.

“Youm-e-gham” and ‘Black Day’ was observed by Muslim organisations in Ayodhya to protest the demolition of the mosque.

Black flags were hoisted o houses and a memorandum addressed to the Congress Government demanding reconstruction of the mosque was handed over to the district magistrate in the city.

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