The Islamic Movement of Sudanese Students (imss) is a relatively unknown and low-profile, Pune-based organisation. But now it is high on the watch list of the IB and other Indian agencies. The reason: according to intelligence sources, its activists owe allegiance to Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the recent terrorist aircraft attacks in the US. Intelligence sources say that bin Laden has already been able to get a foothold in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and some small towns of Uttar Pradesh mainly through university students from some African nations like Yemen and Sudan. Other than the imss, intelligence agencies have also put the Students' Islamic Movement of India (simi), a pan-Islamic organisation in India, under its scanner. The government has already linked simi with the Kashmiri militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen.
The IB and Delhi Police should know about the imss. A little over three months ago, acting on an IB tip-off, Delhi Police had arrested Abdul Raouf Hawash, a Sudanese national, and his Indian co-conspirator, Shamim Sarwar, with a pre-fabricated ied or improvised explosive device filled with 6 kg of rdx and a detonator. Two others—Abbas Hussain Sheikh alias Abbas Bhai and Arshad Khan alias Laddu—were arrested later.