HuJI- How the local module works

Local terror- (pic-deccanchronicle)

The HuJI angle has been very brazenly used by the media while reporting the Bangalore assassination case in which several boys from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Nanded were picked up. Many have stated that some of the boys arrested had a HuJI link and all recruitment’s were done by the outfit which is based out of Bangladesh.

Although the police are trying very hard to establish this link they also face the problem of the youth dodging investigations by giving out stories which are near to impossible to ascertain.

The police have been saying that this group was a self motivated one and had planned a very localised operation but also add that the ramifications if the operation had gone through could have had a disastrous effect. The question is will an international outfit such as the HuJI interfere in such an operation?

Looking at the manner in which HuJI has operated in Southern India, it is clear that they have favoured such local operations and their primary target areas have been Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

If one would want to connect the Bangalore case to the HuJI, then the man in question would be Majid Bilal, the brother of deceased HuJI operative Shahid Bilal who was accused of masterminding the Lumbini Park and Gokul Chats blasts in Hyderabad.

During the investigation of these youth arrested in Bangalore, the name of Majid has cropped up and it is said that he was the one who was handling them. Bilal is in Saudi Arabia and is said to have taken over the reigns of his brother, Shahid who was killed in an encounter after he fled from Hyderabad.

Majid Bilal is considered to be well connected in areas in the Old city of Hyderabad. Traces of a HuJI link in Southern India were first found during the STF attack at Hyderabad in the year 2005. It was a smaller local group which identified itself with the HuJI which carried out that Fidayeen attack. Although there were no major casualties in that attack, it was seen as the birth of the HuJI in Hyderabad area.

A couple of years later there was this attack on the Mecca Masjid which was followed by police firing in which a friend of Shahid Bilal by the name Mujahid Saleem was killed. This incident gave birth to a more aggressive version of the HuJI, according to Intelligence Bureau reports. It was during this time that the name of another operative by the name Riyazuddin Nasir cropped up and the police said that he had decided to take up arms to avenge the death of his friend Salim.

This was then followed by a revenge attack at Hyderabad which we call the twin blasts and it was ascertained that the operation was masterminded by Shahid Bilal. However a year later Bilal was killed in an encounter in Pakistan.

During this investigation, Bilal’s brother Abdul Majid Bilal was picked up by the police on the charge that he had a part to play in the twin blasts. Further it was also alleged that he had purchased the sim cards which were used in the mobile phones which triggered off the twin blasts. However the case did not stand against him and he was acquitted and three months later he left for Saudi Arabia.

The name of Majid Bilal has now cropped up in this assassination case busted in Bangalore. According to the investigations, the youth have named Majid as their handler who controlled the operation from Hyderabad. The police in Hyderabad say that Majid through his brother’s contacts is in touch with some HuJI operatives. However they have been planning operations involving specific targets.

Many would say that this is a fringe module of the HuJI which is tasked at creating trouble by eliminating people who they feel was a threat to them. The idea is to keep the situation on the boil and cause communal tension.

Intelligence Bureau officials would say that the ideology of the HuJI although is a larger one, it would still support such operations which was allegedly being carried out by this module. Although it does not supervise the operation very closely, it still would let some of its operatives carry out smaller tasks so that the pot is boiling. These smaller groups within the HuJI have states like Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh on their mind. They believe that there is a force which is trying to curtail the minorities in these states and hence through such smaller and repeated operations they could gain some control and instill fear.

The original ideology of the HuJI according to the intelligence bureau is to Islamise the Pakistan and Bangladesh society. It belongs to the Deobandi school of thought. HuJI calls itself as a second line of defence for every Muslim and it styles itself on assassinations of progressive intellectuals.

When HuJI first decided to enter into South India, their goal was to go on a recruitment spree and unite like minded Muslims under their umbrella. Like any other terror group they rely heavily on incidents against Muslims and communal tensions in order to spread fear and indoctrinate youth into their fold. Shahid Bilal had become a major force in the HuJI when this process started in Southern India just before the year 2005. However with his death it is said that the operations are now being handled by his brother.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that while planning bigger operations such as fidayeen strikes and bomb blasts may be time consuming and difficult for this group, it could have let smaller operatives function in order to carry out self motivated operations. Whether the incident is big or small the ideology remains the same and the pot is kept boiling. Hence we get to see the birth of such smaller modules which have become self operative, officials also point out.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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