According to media reports, the Bangalore Police are presently interrogating 13 persons who have been taken into custody on suspicion of their involvement in a conspiracy to carry out assassinations of some targeted individuals in Karnataka and Hyderabad. The media reports have stated that the suspects under interrogation, all of them Indian nationals, are alleged to have had links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), a Pakistani terrorist organisation, and the Bangladesh branch of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), which is generally referred to as HUJI (B). Both these organisations had operated in Hyderabad and Bangalore in the past.
Eleven of the arrests were made on August 29,2012—six in Bangalore and five in Hubli in Karnataka. The 12th arrest was made in Hyderabad on August 31 and the 13th in Bangalore on September 1,2012. The 11 suspects arrested on August 29 included a journalist, a doctor and a Junior Research Fellow with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Mr Jyoti Prakash Mirji, the Police Commissioner of Bangalore City, was reported to have told the media on September 1 that the suspects were self- motivated and had no direct links with any other group. Their plan was to kill high profile personalities and cause communal tension in the country.
It is not clear what the Commissioner of Police meant when he said that the suspects had no link with any other group, since other reports quoting the police had said that the suspects had links with the LET and the HUJI (B). Did he mean that the suspects had no links with any other indigenous organisation such as the Indian Mujahideen, which had in the past operated in Bangalore or the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) or Al Umma of Tamil Nadu, which had also in the past operated in Bangalore?
On March 30, 2006, the Karnataka Police had arrested at Jelenabad in Gulbarga District one Shamim Ahmed, a suspected activist of the LET, who was reportedly residing in Goa. An AK-47, two hand-grenades, a mobile phone, maps of dams and some power grids of Andhra Pradesh, some audio-visual cassettes and Urdu literature were allegedly found in his possession. It was not known what happened to him subsequently, whether he was prosecuted, on what charges and what was the outcome.
In January 2008, the Karnataka Police arrested Riazuddin Nasir alias Mohammad Ghouse of Hyderabad and Asadullah Abubaker of Hospet. Nasir was a drop-out from an engineering college and Asadullah was a student of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences in Hubli. Subsequently, the Police also arrested one Mohammad Asif of the same Institute. During interrogation, Nasir was reported to have admitted that he had undergone training in an LET camp in Pakistan in 2006.
These three persons were reported to have told the police that they were planning to carry out terrorist strikes against foreign tourists in Goa and against foreign IT companies in Bangalore.
This is the first time many suspects have been arrested, who were reportedly planning to assassinate individual personalities with hand-held weapons. No explosive material appears to have been recovered from them. It is not clear why they chose the targeted persons for assassination.
Some media reports, quoting police sources, have claimed that the suspects were self-motivated by visiting Internet sites of Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Whereas Al Qaeda based in North Waziristan of Pakistan has its web sites and propaganda material in the Arabic language, the AQAP has them in English, including its online motivational journal called “Inspire”. Anwar al-Awlaki, the Amir of the AQAP who was a US citizen of Yemeni origin, and Samir Khan, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, who was an associate, were killed in a US Drone strike in Yemen on September 30,2011.
The investigation is likely to be difficult because the police have not been able to seize any evidence of forensic significance such as explosive material. The police may have to depend to a large extent on interrogation for ascertaining details. Cases based on interrogation and confessions do not often result in successful prosecutions, leading to allegations of mala fide from the Muslim community.
The police should keep an open mind in view of the inadequate forensic evidence and should resist any sensationalisation of the case, which could cause unnecessary tensions.
Since the arrests have been made in Karnataka as well as in AP and since the conspiracy for targeted assassinations reportedly involved people in Karnataka as well as Hyderabad, it might be useful to have the case investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
B. Raman is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre For China Studies.
About Coimbatore blasts
About Gujarat, I do not have to provide any links as they are still fresh in public memory. As you can see, the number of active indulgers in violence in any communal incidence is few, few tens, few hundreds or may be few thousands. and so also the direct victims. But we should not let our mind be clouded by this and paint entire community black, whether it is muslim or brahmins, as you and Nasar respectively been doing. But such communal violence has a less immediately observable side effect, it poisons the hearts of millions on both sides. The prejudices on both sides are not going to go away immediately. We, those of us who have a better understanding, should try to remove some of those prejudices by understanding their roots and doing our little bit eliminating the cause. It is ridiculous, hindu vs muslims as if they were different species living in different planets.
Do you have answer for those who where burnt inside Train??
Just before 26th Feb'02, school teacher was burnt alive by Muslims, Do you have answer for this??
What you people did to Kashmirir Pandits..Is that not pure terrorism???
Why blast in 1998 in coimbatore??When TN is known for secular image??
Answer to all is one and only on i.e Muslims Terrorism..
In my opinion, law may not say, that a person is a murderer, because he is seen to have stabbed or shot a person. It may be saying, that even if you have not stabbed or shot a person, the law operates, for you, and for others. In Islam, five people are supposed to be the witness in adultery, or rape. Why the witnesses, and why five in number? Why not more, or less? If an innocent person has been murdered, and if an innocent person can be charged for his or her murder, then the law is not really talking about justice, exact or otherwise. The law is perhaps not a narrow domain, nor any domain. The Justice is not God, either. In terms of law, that is. I understand, that others can express this, but they found themselves unable to. And, also, that they may not disagree, but they still think that the idea is basically and inherently neither here, nor there. That seems to be, what is important to people. They don't really want to make a great difference, because the difference matters to them. Why should they make a difference? It seems to me, I will do what I do, dispassionately, but I realise, that what I do, I cannot do otherwise, so I make myself like it. I do think that God is a reality, but it seems, I may not be thinking this for any particular reason. I don't need a scientific experiment to convince others, or make others consider, that I may be a person who thinks that there is God.
Its the pro congress media that is sensationalising the issue of terrorism in Indoia.It will rush to and interview the families of the dreaded terrorists and terror suspects as seen in Delhi while it has no time,spine to visit the homes of the victims of those terrorists.If this is not pseudo secularism then what else it is.
How good our intelligence agencies are working is exposed when a terror environment was created by Pakistani led Muslim Indian elements and vested interests in conspring a well thought out plan of spreading roumours to create a fear psychosis amongst the people of North east settled elsewhere in India.Or the congress may have deloberately asked the intelligence agencies to go slow.Who knows as anything can happen in this country with politicans ready to sell thier mothrland for some gains.
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