The Candid Eye

March 20, 2010

Pakistan again using mafia links for terror strikes

Saturday’s arrests of the two terror suspects in Mumbai who wanted to set fires at three locations across the city shows that Pakistani planners are now returning to their old ally, the underworld, to plot terrorist acts.

In the recent case, Abdul Latif Rashid alias Guddu, 29, and Riyaz Ali Imtiaz alias Rehan, 22, were arrested for conspiring to set fires at the ONGC office in Bandra (East), Mangaldas Market in Kalbadevi and Thakkar Mall in Borivli. Latif’s uncle, Abdul Bashir Khan, is an absconding accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which was plotted and executed by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is now living in Karachi. Khan is currently living with Dawood in the latter’s Karachi flat and works as his assistant.

Pakistan ISI : Image Courtesy - http://www.topnews.in/

The security establishment in India has been claiming that the D-gang is hand-in-glove with Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) in the execution of conspiracies in India.

In the 11/7 Mumbai train blasts case, the police arrested a doctor, two engineers and a sotware programmer who did not have any prior criminal record. However, the recent case points to the in-depth involvement of the D-gang. “The two accused were in touch with a D-gang member who had asked them to identify youths for terror training in Pakistan,” said the source.

Officials in the security forces said terror bosses may have returned to the underworld because the police have mentally de-linked the underworld from terror. “The police seem to have formed an opinion that gangsterism is entirely different from terrorism and they do not pay heed to gangsters when it comes to probing terror cases nowadays. This could be one of the reasons why the Pakistani terror handlers are focusing on the use of the underworld,” the security source said.

Pakistan ISI : Image Courtesy - http://trendsupdates.com/

“In 1993, the underworld had first participated in a terror strike. Later, the modus operandi changed and the handlers started recruiting young people with no criminal records as the underworld was already on the police list,” said a security establishment official.

In the 2001 Parliament attack, new faces who were neither in the police list nor connected to the underworld were recruited. In the post-2001 modus operandi, the use of educated youths from the Muslim community was seen.

Software engineer Mansoor Peerbhoy, a Pune resident, who had a job with a Rs 19-lakh-a-year salary, was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch in 2008 for being part of the Indian Mujahideen. He was accused of hacking into computers and sending terror emails.

Earlier, in a string of post-2001 terror-related cases in Mumbai, an MBBS, an MBA, three civil engineers, four mechanical engineers, two chemical engineers, a pilot and a professor working for the National Defence Academy, Pune, had been arrested. While the police had focused on these men, most of them were later acquitted by the court or discharged by the central Pota review committee.

Noteworthy also is that absconding Indian Mujahideen operative, Riyaz Bhatkal, who is also suspected to be in Pakistan, was connected to the Fazlur Rehman gang before he formed his own extortion outfit. Bhatkal later took to terrorism.

Source: TOI

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February 7, 2010

Ex-MLA gave me shelter: Delhi bomber

In a shocking disclosure, arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Alam has revealed to the police that he was provided shelter and financial help by a former Delhi MLA after he escaped from the Batla House shootout on September 19, 2008. According to sources in Delhi Police crime branch, Shahzad has also claimed that a Bihar-based former junior minister and a prominent Mumbai politician helped him evade arrest.

Delhi Map : Image Courtesy - NDTV

Shahzad, arrested in Azamgarh, was handed over by the UP cops to Delhi Police crime branch on Monday and brought to the capital on Tuesday. Since then, he has been intensively questioned by police as well as Intelligence Bureau for details of IM activities, and also on how he and Ariz alias Junaid were able to elude the police siege of Batla House.

Shahzad has reportedly told the police that when the firing began at L-18 Batla House, he and Junaid were in another room. He then went to the balcony and saw policemen. While the gunbattle raged on near the front door, the duo fled through the second exit. They ran down the same stairs used by the police team to come up, apparently shouting that they were residents. In the ongoing melee outside the building, they were able to stage a getaway. They then took an auto-rickshaw to Shaheen Bagh where they were sheltered by the former MLA, now based in Noida.

Since the two were short of money, the ex-MLA allegedly provided the cash that helped them board a train for Aligarh. The two then went to Lucknow and Azamgarh from where Junaid parted ways with Shahzad. At this time, the two IM terrorists were reportedly assisted by the junior minister from Bihar by way of more finances. With Shahzad also naming a Mumbai politician, police are verifying an account of the terrorist’s visit to the city alongwith Junaid.

When asked about the identity of the ex-MLA, the crime branch officers were tightlipped and said Shahzad’s claims were being tracked and verified. However, they did not rule out the possibility of the politician being called in for questioning in connection with the case.

QnA: Has India been oblivious to internal terrorism? Are we in denial?

Source: TOI

December 23, 2009

Bengaluru was the easiest to bomb – LeT

Filed under: Bangalore,India,Islam,Jihad,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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After the serial bomb blasts that ripped Bangalore apart in 2008,one doesn’t have any choice other than questioning our intelligence department. LeT operative Naseer has confessed that Bangalore was the easiest to bomb. Hoping that is not the case now.

Rs 50,000 — That’s all it cost to execute the Bengaluru serial blasts in 2008, according to T Naseer, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative who is the prime accused in the case.

Bangalore Bomb blast

During his interrogation, Naseer, who was arrested recently on the Indo-Bangladesh border, told the police that local materials were used for the blasts and this ensured that costs were low.

Naseer further said they did not even have to pay for the explosives, detonators and also the timers. “We stole all these things from a shop in Kannur and assembled it by ourselves,” Naseer told interrogators.Money was only spent on housing cadres. “We found cheap accommodation on the outskirts of Bengaluru city,” he added. ‘Bengaluru was the easiest to bomb’.

Bomb blast in Madiwala

Naseer’s confession also reveals the poor security in Bengaluru. During his interrogation, he pointed out that they had first picked Chennai, but then decided against it, since the security was top notch there.

When they conducted a reccee in Bengaluru, they realised that security was poor and it would be easy to carry out a strike there.

He pointed out that they also had in mind that the growing status of Bengaluru. “In the Lashkar circles, Bengaluru is next to Mumbai and striking this city, where there is so much American investment, would give us a lot of publicity,” he told his interrogators.

“Moreover, I have been a regular visitor to this city along with (Indian Mujahideen co-founder) Riyaz Bhatkal, and the two of us know the terrain of this city very well,” Naseer said.

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September 2, 2009

Is SIMI planning to come back?

Filed under: India,Islam,Jihad,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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An article by Vicky Nanjappa appeared in Rediff.Excerpts from the article with additional links and emphasis.Soon after the several serial bomb blasts in different parts of India carried out by Indian Mujahideen,Investigators had found out Indian Mujahideen,infact is SIMI in disguise.

Indian Mujahideen is SIMI V2.0

Indian Mujahideen is SIMI V2.0

There has been a sudden crackdown on alleged activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India on the ground that they are planning on reviving the outfit.

While this is one of the reasons that is being stated by security agencies the other reason is an alert sent by the Intelligence Bureau to all police stations in the country to keep a watch on the training programmes of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

The IB alert was sent following intercepts from across the border and also on the basis of the information provided by the Indian Mujahideen activists who are being interrogated by the Mumbai ATS.

The operatives revealed that the Lashkar has several rungs of its outfits existing in the country and training activity is on in full swing. Though some of them claimed that there is a constant effort to revive the Students Islamic Movement of India, IB sources say that it is unlikely that they may use the same name again.

The IB says that as of now the Lashkar is relying heavily on the Indian Mujahideen to further its India operations and there is a constant effort to pump in funds to ensure that the training activity across India does not stop. Following the Mumbai terror attacks, there was a slump in the recruitment process, but now these outfits are slowly trying to revive themselves.

The IB says they have kept all police stations across the country in the loop regarding these developments and they in turn would need to keep a constant watch on all activity that is going on inside the state.

For the Lashkar, these are difficult times. Both their Southern and Northern networks have been busted by the police of the respective states. Following the crackdown, the Lashkar had issued a directive to all its operatives to lie low for sometime and ensure that the remaining cells do not come out in the open. They were specifically asked to revive these cells after a while and it appears that the Lashkar thinks that now is the right time.

As part of the first phase, sources say, the Lashkar plans to revive its Southern chapter. There is an effort on to revive its main unit in Kerala which in turn would branch out to the rest of the southern states.

With Riyaz Bhatkal still on the loose, the Lashkar hopes that he would be the man who would take up this job. The IB says training camps would be closely scrutinised.

These camps lead to the making of a terrorist and if the respective police personnel are able to track this down, then it would help the security of the nation a great deal.

The IB, however, says it is difficult to specify the number of training camps in the country. The camps are usually concentrated in village areas and also in jungles away from the public eye. There is a need to conduct combing operations with other agencies in order to track down the camps.

Training camps at present are active in Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. These are areas of importance to the Lashkar and hence there is a directive to concentrate largely on these areas.

The camps in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are the strongest ones and there is news that a large number of former SIMI activists in coordination with the newer IM operatives are helping further the Lashkar cause.

The camps in Maharashtra too are being built up following a massive crackdown in the aftermath of the 26/11 attack. The camps in Karnataka and Kerala would act as the feeders for South India.

The entire base of both Kerala and Karnataka were shaken up following the investigation into the serial blasts case and this hurt this group bad. However now there is a desperate effort to revive the same.

May 7, 2009

NOT India’s first woman saint.

I found this article thought provoking and informative. Francois Gautier, a renowned journalist, tells about responsible journalism. A simple search in Google can show that Indian reporters have simply copied the story from the foreign journalists, about Sister Alphonsa. Do foreign journalists have a right to talk about Indian History? And do the Indian Reporters have primary education in Indian History?

Here is the article:-

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Not India’s first woman saint

by Francois Gautier

Indian media went into a tizzy while covering the canonisation of Sister Alphonsa, an obscure nun, to prove its secular credentials! Indian journalists forget that this country has had other women saints too.

As a Frenchman, I was coached right from childhood that logic, what we in France call cartesianism, is the greatest gift given to man and that one should use one’s reason to tread in life. Thus, I taught to my students in a Bangalore school of journalism, the SSCMS, that the first tool of a good reporter is to go by his or her own judgement on the ground, with the help of one’s first-hand experience — and not go by second hand information: What your parents thought, what you have read in the newspapers, what your caste, religion, culture pushes you into…

Yet in India, logic does not seem to apply to most of the media, especially when it is anything related to Hindus and Hinduism. One cannot, for instance, equate Muslim terrorists who blow up innocent civilians in market places all over India to angry ordinary Hindus who attack churches without killing anybody. We know that most of these communal incidents often involve persons of the same caste — Dalits and tribals — some of them converted to Christianity and some not.

However reprehensible was the destruction of the Babri Masjid, no Muslim was killed in the process. Compare that with the ‘vengeance’ bombings of 1993 in Mumbai, which killed hundreds of innocent people, mostly Hindus. Yet Indian and Western journalists keep equating the two, or even showing the Babri Masjid destruction as the most horrible act of the two.

How can you compare the Sangh Parivar with the Indian Mujahideen, a deadly terrorist organisation? How can you label Mr Narendra Modi a mass killer when actually it was ordinary middle class, or even Dalit Hindus, who went out into the streets in fury when 56 innocent people, many of them women and children, were burnt in a train?

How can you lobby for the lifting of the ban on SIMI, an organisation which is suspected of having planted bombs in many Indian cities, killing hundreds of innocent people, while advocating a ban on the Bajrang Dal, which attacked some churches after an 84-year-old swami and his followers were brutally murdered?

There is no logic in journalism in this country when it applies itself to minorities. Christians are supposedly only two per cent of the population in India, but look how last Sunday many major television channels showed live the canonisation ceremony of Sister Alphonsa, an obscure nun from Kerala and see how Union Minister Oscar Fernandes led an entire Indian delegation to the Vatican along with the Indian Ambassador. It would be impossible in England, for instance, which may have a two per cent Hindu minority, to have live coverage of a major Hindu ceremony, like the anointment of a new Shankaracharya. What were the 24×7 news channels, which seem to have deliberately chosen to highlight this non-event, trying to prove? That they are secular? Is this secularism?

The headline of the story “India gets its first woman saint”, run by many newspapers, both Indian and Western, is very misleading.

For India has never been short of saints.

The woman sage from over 3,000 years ago, Maithreyi, Andal, the Tamil saint from early in the first Millennium CE and Akkamahadevi, the 15th century saint from modern-day Karnataka, are but a few examples of women saints in India.

What many publications failed to mention in the story is that this is the first woman Christian saint — not the first Indian woman saint.

This statement is ok, when it comes, for instance, from the BBC, which always looks at India through the Christian prism (BBC ran a few months back an untrue and slanderous documentary on Auroville), but when it comes to the Indian media, it only shows the grave lack of grounding in Indian culture and history of most Indian journalists.

As a result, they suffer from an inferiority complex.

This inferiority complex, as expressed by television’s live coverage of the canonisation of Sister Alphonsa, is a legacy of the British, who strove to show themselves as superior and Indian culture as inferior (and inheritor of the ‘White Aryans’, a totally false theory).

Is it not time to institute schools of journalism, both private and public, where not only logic will be taught, but where students shall be made aware of Indian history and of the greatness of Indian culture, so that when they go out to report, they will use their own judgement and become Indian journalists, with a little bit of feeling, pride and love for their own country?

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