The Candid Eye

September 1, 2009

Jihad is the “duty” of every Muslim and the “only path to heaven” says Riyaz Bhatkal

Filed under: India,Islam,Jihad,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Excerpts from the news about Riyaz Bhatkal appeared on News4U.

Riyaz Bhatkal, the alleged founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM), indoctrinated cadre of the terror outfit saying jihad is the “duty” of every Muslim and the “only path to heaven”.

Riyaz Bhatkal,founder of IM; Image courtesy - News4U

Riyaz Bhatkal,founder of IM; Image courtesy - News4U

Several arrested accused including Anik Sayyed, Dr Anwar Bhagwan and Akbar Chowdhari have said in their confessional statements that Riyaz and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal had taken regular lectures on Jihad and Quran.

“Jihad is the duty of every Muslim and the only path to heaven”, Bhatkal’s co-accused quoted him as saying.

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

Arrested Indian Mujahideen; Image courtesy - Express India

Arrested Indian Mujahideen; Image courtesy - Express India

According to the statements, the Bhatkal brothers, who are still at large, had arranged a religious gathering ‘Urs’ in Bhatkal village in Karnataka in March 2007, where they were asked to practise Jihad.

“Two Maulanas, Shabir and Sultan were also present in the gathering and they spoke about Quran and ‘Hadis’. We were told that Jihad is the duty of every Muslim and it is a must for every true Muslim to practise Jihad to avenge atrocities meted out against fellowmen across the country,” Bhagwan has said in his statement.

The arrested IM members were shown CDs of Gujarat riots, 1992-93 Mumbai riots, and clippings of Iraq war and were told about the numerous deaths of Muslims.

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