What Muslims do for an alibi?

Investigations into incidents of terror have been the focal point of discussion and debate over the past couple of years. Sadly the topic of debate in such cases has been more about the manner in which the police have bungled rather than solving a case. Trideep Pais, a senior advocate who used to represent the Students Islamic Movement of India has also worked with several youth who were implicated falsely in terror cases.

He explains to us the nightmare that these youth go through and how it has become so tough for them to cope up with life after spending months together in jail for no fault of theirs. In this interview with rediff.com, he says that most of the youth that he has dealt with have started carrying out a diary in which they make notes every minute about what they are doing only so that it could be used as an alibi.

The government is looking to re-impose the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India. How do you plan to fight this case?

It is a decision that will have to be taken by the national president.

Has the ban on SIMI helped in the war against terrorism?

I do not believe in bans. They just do not serve the purpose. If there are crimes go ahead and prosecute. But banning just does not help. Can you ban someone for their religious beliefs? This is a very large question of freedom of conscience.

How else do you deal with terrorism?

We have enough laws to deal with terrorism. We are unable to deal with the problem only because of poor investigation. The manner in which some cases are dealt with are sad. There is no proper investigation and a person is kept in jail denied bail until he gets so frustrated that he confesses to an offence he has not committed. This is not helping the cause. What we need is a political situation and the will to deal with the problem. Moreover the more important thing is to deal with the case in a proper manner. We need to solve these cases and not only extract confessions forcibly.

The government feels that a ban has helped solve the problem.

That is not the right way to address the problem. Let us not speak about the extra territorial organizations here. Those are not under out control. Out of the 15 organisations that are banned in India all have only been fighting for the local cause. They have a grievance and they tend to take to arms when the government is not listening to them. Those who have a difficulty with the Indian government cannot be banned as this is not feasible and does not lead us anywhere. Instead sit across the table and have a discussion and see how the problem can be resolved.

There are nearly 300 youth who have been falsely implicated in various cases of terror right from Malegaon to Mecca Masjid. Is there a danger of them taking the extremist path now?

They have come out of jail angry, but they are more paranoid. I have interacted with many of them and they are sad and dejected. There is fear in their minds and they have lost faith in the system which includes the judiciary. These youth may have come out, but their minds have been scarred forever. The fact of the matter is that they remain on the scanner for the rest of their lives.

How are they coping with it?

It is very sad to see the kind of fear that they live under. These boys carry a diary with them. Right from the time they wake up and until they go to sleep they make notes of everything they do during the day in their diary. In turn they tell me about these entries and say that this could be their alibi in court. They make it a point to keep everyone informed about what exactly they are doing so that when a police man tries to implicate them falsely they think this could be their alibi. Then there is this case in which one of the youth runs a website of his own in his own name. every minute he updates his status only with an intention of telling the rest of the world that he is not up to anything and even if the police were to think so the people would stand by him and inform about what exactly he has been doing. Their only motive has become self preservation. The way they live today is not normal. They are slow to make friends and anyone who is being generous to them they look at it with suspicion. Basically they have lost faith in the system. There is a fear to mix with the general population.

So are you saying that none of the extremists are taking advantage of this situation?

I would not say that this is not fuelling extremism. All I am saying is that the youth that I have dealt with have not gone to the other end. They may have turned to the support of their community even more today. But then that is only for shelter. But I can say with confidence that they have not turned to extremism. I have also dealt with cases in which some of them have stopped using smart phones and computers and even do not operate an email. They are so scared that this could be used to implicate them falsely. A client of mine who spent 30 months in jail on a wrong charge wont even use a computer. Even when he goes out of his house, he leaves his cell phone with his wife. He is so scared that the cell phone of his could become a headache for him.

Not a healthy trend for sure. But then we cannot sit without dealing with the problem right?

The solution lies with the manner in which the government acts. On a scale of proportionality it is the government which is more extremist and if they were not so anit Muslim this would not have happened. They should be educating the police on how to be secular in their approach.

Which party have you found to be more extremist by nature?

This problem is irrespective of the party in power. With a change in government the perception may change a bit, but the civil servants remain the same. They are the ones who need to be educated.

Any state in particular according to you which has dealt well with this situation?

It is nothing to do with the state. No state has come up with a fair manner to deal with minorities. However I would say that Tamil Nadu has done a fair job in this respect as there are no communal clashes over there. Karnataka and Maharashtra have however gone to the other extreme.

SIMI may not challenge ban

On Februray 4th the Government of India is expected to re-impose the ban on the Student’s Islamic Movement of India. And this time around the SIMI chief has made it clear that he will not fight the ban before the tribunal.
The ban in all probability will be re-imposed as the Law Ministry of India has okayed the same. The matter had gone up before the law ministry for an opinion and the Ministry stated that there is no objection for the ban to be re-imposed this time too. On Februray 4th the order will need to be re-issued as two years have been completed.
Dr. Shahid Badr Falahi who was the Chief of the SIMI when the ban was imposed in the year 2001 says there is no justice remaining at all. Hence there is no point. I going up before the tribunal. Once this ban is re-imposed another tribunal will be constituted for a period of 6 months. The same old arguments and counter arguments will take place.
However the reason why I have decided not to appear before the tribunal and fight the ban is because the government really does not seem to care. Remember in the year 2008 when the tribunal ordered the ban to be lifted, the government instead of honouring the same decided not to implement the order. Instead it challenged it and obtained a stay before the Supreme Court of India.
I know once the tribunal is constituted I would be the first person to get a notice. There will be others too in various parts of the country who will get a notice too. I am not stopping them from going before the tribunal, but I have made up my mind not to.
The SIMI will continue the fight before the Supreme Court of India. We hope to get justice over there, hopefully.
However there is one thing for sure and that is our lives will not change even if we are cleared. Our phones are monitored all the time and everything that I say is always misconstrued. Before the Babri Masjid verdict was passed, I had to go furnish a bond and affidavit in which I had to swear that I would cause no trouble. I and many others are always under the scrutiny of local authorities and in case of any attack or blast we are the first ones to be suspected.
Any tour or travel is something impossible as it is said that I am on a mission to re-group or collect funds. Once I was asked in Court how – managed my legal fees and when I said we get donations some other meaning to it was taken.
There are many innocents who are in jail as they wre part of SIMI. We cannot even help them as it is once again mis understood as regrouping.

Del blast probe-looking ahead into empty space

Who planted the bomb at the Delhi High Court. Investigators today say everyone is a suspect. The Indian Mujahideen, the Students Islamic Movement of India, the Harkat-ul-Jihadi- the role of all these outfits are being probed.

There is a lot that is at stake for the National Investigating Agency in particular which has taken the lead in probing this case. While one could say that the David Headely angle to the 26/11 probe was their biggest assignment till date, it could also be argued that most of the leads in that case were provided by the United States of America. However in the Delhi blasts case the NIA had to start from scratch and moreover they have to constantly deal with multiple agencies in order to carry on with this probe.

Today there are almost 500 police personnel looking into the Delhi blasts case. A source in the National Investigating Agency says that they are making a headway into the probe, but it is still too early to pin point as to who carried out the attack.

What has put the probe agencies on the back foot today is that they are still unable to find a motive behind the blast. The Indian Mujahideen, the Students Islamic Movement of India, the Harkat-ul-Jihadi- all these outfits are very capable of carrying out an attack, but the question is why would they do it? The Students Islamic Movement of India in particular may try its best to avoid a blast outside the judiciary since they are battling a case seeking a lifting of the ban. The Indian Mujahideen on the other hand has been trying to get back into the picture, but the fact is that they are really not up to it at the moment. Would they want the heat on them when they are trying to regroup is the question that is being asked. The HuJI on the other hand does appear to have a motive and have announced in a big way their India operations. However would they carry out an attack on a smaller scale and increase the heat on them is also another question.

Soures both in the NIA as well as the Intelligence Bureau are of the opinion that not always is it necessary to look at a motive behind such attacks. At the moment how we see it is that is for sure a distraction tactic, but then again the question arises who would want to distract what. Hence these probe agencies are also looking into a political motive behind the blast, because the fact remains that a lot of other contreversies surrounding various politicians had been diverted after the Delhi blasts. Right from the Varanasi blast there has been a pattern and such attacks have always managed to divert a crisis for a bit of time. We are not saying that this could be the angle to it, but it is also being explored the investigation team points out.

A source in the IB says that it would be too early and unfair to say that the police are groping in the dark. It does take time for them to find clues and they are studying the pattern since the Varanasi blast. The fact however remains that the Varanasi blasts, the 13/7 attack and now the Delhi blasts continue to be unsolved mysteries. While conducting the investigations into all these three attacks what they have realized is that the modules of terror are asleep at the moment. There is no sign to show that any of these modules had been activated during these periods. Locally the police have not been able to find a direct link into any of these blasts. There have just been a spate of arrests till date on suspicion, but without exaggerating facts nothing really has come out from any of these arrests.

While no leads seem to appear there is also a lot of confusion till date regarding the substances used in the Delhi bomb. The forensic teams have given contradicting versions of the subtances and the fact is that they are finding it hard to trace the PETN which was initially suspected to be used in the bomb. However the the investigating team have sent it for another round of sampling since it is hard to trace PETN which takes a plastic form when used in a bomb. Investigating agencies meanwhile are working on the possible leads they could get from whatever material has been found in the bomb. They are trying to track the sourcing of the PETN and also the ammonium nitrate that has been used in the bomb.

The other aspect that is being studied is the finances used for this blast. Overall it appears that it was an operation which could not have cost more than Rs 30000. Take for instance the Bangalore serial blasts which had over 9 bombs in it. In the words of the prime accused T Nasir this entire operation cost him just Rs 40000. Hence this is not big money and could have been sourced locally also, the police believe.

Investigating agencies are also looking for some leads outside the country and are in touch with their counterparts especially in the Gulf. Investigators believe that some of the operatives of both the SIMI and the IM are holed up in these countries. Right from the days of the Varanasi blasts they have been trying to track IM operative Assadullah Akthar, but have not got much success. There is also a look out notice against 13 other IM operatives who have gone missing in the past two years.

In addition to this the Indian IB is in touch with the various other intelligence agencies of both the US and also Russia and are trying to pick up leads on whether there was any movement of terrorists internationally in connection with this blast.

Security experts say that it is essential that these series of blasts right from Varanasi are solved since it is important for the security of the nation. A senior police official from Maharashtra pointed out that the intelligence gathering on the ground is very weak. It is not sufficient to look for larger leads. The movement is taking place on the ground and the fact that no suspicious movement had been reported goes on to show that the sources on the ground are not strong enough. There is no clarity at all today and this gives terror outfits an advantage today and this would tempt them to carry out more such attacks since they realize that the system is weak. There is a need for collective intelligence and the sharing of the same between states apart from strenghthening local intelligence in order to curb such activities, the official also pointed out.

Nation on alert

The Delhi police which has commenced its probe along with a team of the National Investigating Agency into the Delhi blasts says that the bomb was planted in a brief case and is similar to the one that took place on May 25.

Even as the police scramble for more clues, the Intelligence Bureau has sent an advisory asking all police personnel across the country to be on high alert.

Sources said that the May 25 blasts now appear to be a trial run for this blast and the manner in which it has been carried out gives the impression that it is the same set of people who carried out this blast and also the one on May 25.

It would be interesting now to go back to that blast and try and ascertain the similarities between the two cases. A Delhi police official said that they would need to wait to find out the bomb composition before ascertaining the nature of the blast but at the moment it appears to be a medium intensity blast. The bomb composition will give us clues regarding the outfit or group which has carried out this blast. The Delhi police also added that for the time being the focus is on bringing the situaton under control and also taking care of those who have been injured.

Several teams have been pressed into action at the moment. There is the National Investigating Agency, the National Security Guards, the Forensics Team apart from a team of the Delhi police.

Was it a political retaliation

Minutes after the blasts rocked the Delhi High Court, a team of the Intelligence Bureau is already picking up leads regarding some goons associated with politicians who could have carried out this attack as an attention diversionary measure.

The angle of terrorism by fringe elements are under the scanner, but at the moment it does not appear to be a job carried out by them. In such cases one needs to find a motive and in these blasts there is no clear cut motive that has come out as yet, a source in the Intelligence Bureau said. Moreover after the 13/7 attack, terror groups have come under the scanner in a much bigger way and movements of various possible terrorists have been monitored.

The angle that is now being explored is a political connection to this blast. The judiciary especially in Delhi has been in the news for quite some time and a lot of politicians have come under the scanner due to a very pro active judiciary at this time. The IB feels that this blast could be a reatiliatory measure by some loyalists of these politicians who want to send out a message to the judiciary.

While the political angle appears to be the strongest at the moment, the IB is also looking into all other possible angles. Miscreants who are upset with some order of the Delhi High Court, the possibility of some youth from Old Delhi retaliating against the Batla House encounter are the other possible angles that are being explored. Moreover there is also not much help from the investigation conducted by the Delhi police in both blast cases which occurred outside the High Court in May and the other that took place in Old Delhi ahead of the Common Wealth Games. Both these cases remain unsolved mysteries and hence there is not much of a lead to pick up from those cases.

The angle of a jihadist groups appears to be the weakest at the moment since there appears to be no provocation for such a blast. However that angle too is being explored, the IB pointed out.

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Blast at Delhi

The Delhi High Court has come under attack for the second time in just four months. In the month of May a low intensity blast rocked the High Court.

Although there have been no specific intelligence inputs, there were enough warning signals to show that the judiciary was under the radar of miscreants. It is too early to call this is a terror attack, a source in the Intelligence Bureau said. It appears to be the job of some miscreants, but we are looking into the matter. The last time when a similar blast occurred the bomb was kept near a lawyers car in a plastic bag. The blast was low intensity and no one sustained any major injuries at that time. This one too appears to be a blast which is low intensity and the modus operandi for now looks like it is the job of some miscreants.

The investigations into the May 2001 blast has not yielded any result so far and the police had at that point of time said that it was the job of some of the sympathizers involved in the Batla House encounter.

At the moment the police are too busy securing the area and say that it is too early to come to any sort of conclusion in this regard. The IB too says that there has been a funny pattern in which blasts have been taking place and there are several fringe elements on the lose who are capable of carrying out such attacks. Considering that the blast has taken place outside a court there are two angles that will come under the scanner. The first angle would point towards a miscreant who could be upset with the judiciary or a case that he is battling out over there. The other obvious angle would be the terror angle and by carrying out a blast outside the court a message could be sent out regarding the various cases being tried against some of the accused of both the SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen.

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A headche called KFD

The Karnataka Forum for Dignity- is this a disaster waiting to happen? A link with the Students Islamic Movement of India and then a probe whether this forum was connected to the ISI? These are lurking questions as the police spend day and night to probe the antecedents of this outfit and its members.

Officers on the job and sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that there is a lot of activity which can be noticed on part of this organisation. The ultimate goal of this organisation is to have a political status, but the worry is that they do not want it to be turn into another political wing with terror affiliations. We would want to curb all activities before it turns political, because once that happens then it becomes virtually impossible to handle them due to political links.

A couple of months back the probe against the members of this organisation was on in full swing. The Bangalore police and the IB were jointly probing this outfit, but today what one notices is that the probe has slowed down. This is mainly because they are unable to track down the prime suspect and the mastermind behind this outfit- Naved Ahmed. This man who heads the outfit has gone missing for the past couple of months. The strategy adopted by him was very clear and that was to commit crimes and fund the organisation.

According to the investigation, Ahmed is a habitual offender and specialises at robbery and kidnapping. The money that has been obtained by this is funded into the organisation, investigations have shown. The police say that Ahmed will be a prized catch in order to curb the growth of this organisation. In addition to this he has three more accomplices who are on the run and they are trying to nab these persons too.

The police say that they are doing everything it takes to nab him and even issued a red corner alert with the help of the Interpol in order to secure his arrest.

While this is one part of this organisation, the bigger concern is that the number of members is growing very fast thanks to the ideology that this organisation is spreading. The formation is very much on the lines of the Indian Mujahideen or the SIMI after the ban. While the IM and the SIMI targeted the educated youth, the KFD on the other hand has members from a very low rung of the society. The IB says that the youth are being lured into this outfit even today and it appears to be the same ideology that both SIMI and the IM have used. Community, religion and of course the atrocities that have been meted out are the primary tricks that are used to lure the youth in.

The police say that an outfit such as the KFD should not be viewed only as a Karnataka problem, but over the days it is growing to become a menace for Southern India. The police are studying the links the outfit has with some political groups in Kerala. They say that the links are being established as of now, but they do find a very close affiliation to the politics in Kerala. There are traces of this organisation in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as well. In Karnataka the police have found this organisation to be strongest in Mangalore, Mysore and Bangalore. What the police are looking into is whether the members of this outfit have had links with ISI agents in the South since there are instances to show that there has been a money trail through hawala operators.

What the investigation has also shown is that the primary agenda of the outfit is to grow politically. The idea is to get into the political main stream and hence they are increasing their man power in this regard. Both the police and the IB says that the growth is worrying and in a bid to achieve their goals, some of the members are capable of relying on the support of any outfit. This is a major cause for concern looking at the reliance they have on Kerala, which is a hub for the ISI. We want to ensure that this outfit does not grow anymore and the rate at which they continue with their activity is causing a nightmare for the police.

The ideology adopted by this outfit shows very clearly that they are hitting on emotive points to further their cause. It may not be as polished as the SIMI or the IM, but a crime is a crime a police official said.

Today according to investigators, KFD shows traces of affiliations with some terror groups in India. It is a typical case of what happened with the SIMI and how the ISI used it to become a primary striking force in India. The same is happening to the KFD and before they make inroads politically, we need to shut it down. The task ahead is tough since the outfit is very organised at the moment. They have dedicated district and city offices with a president, organising secretary and treasurers. The police say it is one of the fastest growing outfits in South India with nearly 40000 members today.

Time to send illegal Bangladeshis back

Since the serial blasts have occurred the focus has been on Kishenganj in Bihar from where a man by the name Riazul Sarkar has been picked up. While investigating agencies are still trying to ascertain whether this man is a bomber or an illegal immigrant, the other issue which stares at all of us in the face is that of the illegal migrants which security agencies have termed as a potential security risk to the country.

Today estimates suggest that there are nearly 20 million illegal migrants from Bangladesh who have settled in the country. They have fanned out to different parts of the country and the major problem could be witnessed in areas of West Bengal and Bihar.

Intelligence Bureau reports suggest that illegal migrants from Bangladesh cannot all be termed as a security risk, but there is a considerable number of them who threaten the peace of this country. Most of them have come in search of jobs and end up working as maids or construction labour in various parts of the country. There is no proper record on them which makes the job of the investigating agencies tougher.

Kishenganj has today turned into a hot bed for such migrants. There are many men and women who have found employment in the area and some of their movements have been tracked to areas in Delhi where they have also been working. Each one of them are controlled by touts who take a share from whatever they earn. These persons send back money to their home towns in Bangladesh once in two months and this transaction too takes place through their touts who are on the borders. At Kishenganj it has been reported that most of them have been given ration cards and voters IDs so that the vote bank is built up. This has given them a permanent status and this is hurting the country very badly. Most of them are in Bihar while some of them have gone to areas such as Mangalore and other parts of the country in search of livelihood. Moreover construction contractors also prefer these persons since labour is extremely cheap.

While this is one part of the problem, the other big issue is that of a security risk. The offences reported from such persons vary from small time acts of crime to major incidents like terrorism. They are not the planner or executors, but they are surely the foot soldiers. The ISI has been quick to pick such spots in India and they have taken advantage of their monetary status and used them for various offences. Some of these persons have been found to be in an illegal gun trade or the supply of fake currency. These may look like small incidents, but it is only changing the fabric of large parts of the country and turning it into crime hot spot.

It has also been found that some of these persons have been used to plant bombs in various parts of the country. Terror groups have taken full advantage of the lack of records on such persons and used them as foot soldiers on several ocassions. This is not something new and right from the days of the Hyderabad twin blasts such persons have been used. Most of the time these persons would not even know what they have in their hand and for a mere Rs 1000 they will place a packet containing a bomb without asking a single question.

With the arrest of Sarkar, Kishengunj comes into the picture. These migrants have settled here since the past 20 years and it has become the next hot bed after Kolkata. While most of the them had come into the country alone over the years they have brought down their relatives too only adding to the population. It has become extremely easy for such persons to come into this area since some have even told the police that they managed to slip in by paying a meagre Rs 500 to the tout. These touts are in connivance with the security agencies on the border help such migrants slip in and also out. Most of the time after a blast these migrants get back to the border and with the help of the same tout return to their country never to come back. The major spill into Kishengunj has always been from West Bengal which is a two hour drive from there.

An IB report on this issue states that Bangladesh is becoming a major security risk for India. While there are various issues surrounding this threat one major concern remains illegal migration into India. The report also states that the number of such persons is increasing each day and a major chunk of these persons could be found in West Bengal.

The report also adds that secret service officials from both Pakistan and Bangladesh have found to be working undercover here most of the time which is again posing a major security risk. Moreover recruiters and terror modules have been set up here and this again is cause for concern in these belts. The biggest areas of concern have been termed as Bihar, West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.Experts point out that this is becoming a major problem and the issue needs to be tackled both diplomatically and also with the help of security agencies. It would be a huge exercise, but India will need a better data base on such persons and not back out at the last minute when elections are round the corner. Moreover the voting rights given to some of these persons should be revoked since it becomes tough to implement a policy if such persons are constituting a vote bank. The border security remains the key issue and despite being told several million times, such activities continue unabated with the help of low raking officers posted on the border.

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Is an ego clash hurting the 13/7 probe?

Terrorism is not city specific and it requires the help of various agencies from across the country to make some sense of the case leave alone crack it. The serial blasts case has run into rough weather and sources in the investigation agency say that the lack of coordination is what is hurting the probe.

We have questioned the usual suspects and the names which have cropped up after every probe are under scrutiny, but there appears to be more to this case and unlike in the past we do not want to hurry things up, a source said.

There are three main agencies which are actively on this case- The NIA, Intelligence Bureau and the ATS. While these agencies are looking for leads they are also taking the help of various other police agencies in the country for more information.

Take the case of Riazul Sarkar who was picked up from Kishenganj in Bihar. The local police have questioned him and this was followed by the interrogation by the Intelligence Bureau. However the Superintendent of Police of the area claims that he has not got any requisition from any agency like the NIA or the ATS which would also be interested in questioning this man.

Sarkar appears to be an illegal immigrant and his details are murky. Despite this information being passed on some of the agencies are refusing to buy it and continue to view him as a prime suspect in the case.

The other issue was regarding an operation conducted on the Bangladesh and Nepal borders in search for the accused persons. The complaint is that not all agencies were kept in the loop regarding this operation and only one agency carried this operation out by themselves. This leads to confusion said an official and in such cases a coordinated effort is what is needed. We do not want to probe in one direction and realise that the other agency is doing something else. There is a dire need to share information among each other.

What investigators have now realised is that this operation was not carried out on a large scale and it was planned by a handful of persons numbering around 10. The lack of phone records or emails is hurting the agencies no end. Moreover there is no track record on any of these persons which is making the job tougher. It will take time since today we cannot even ascertain as to which module exactly has carried out this attack. The men have carried out this attack and have fanned out into different parts of the country. The foot soldiers could be illegal immigrants too and this becomes extremely difficult to track down.

One of the officers said that each team appears to be conducting a parallel investigation and each one says that their leads are the ones to watch out for. The Gujarat police have been saying that the men nabbed by them are the ones to watch out for. On the other hand, the Bihar police have been saying that Sarkar is a prime catch. The Karnataka police say that some modules from Bhatkal need to be under the scanner and all this is leading the probe no where.

The ATS has been claiming that bombs and also the sketches to be put out by them will help the investigations. Sketches have proven to be a damp squib in the past and some investigators dont see why this time would be any different. The other issue is the signature on the bombs. A couple of years investigating agencies could tell by the bomb which group could have carried out such an attack. However there is imitation these days and terror groups have become wiser not to repeat the manner in which they carry out attacks.

Apart from this there are various other angles of this case which needs to be probed. Investigators cannot go on a one track path and will need to probe other aspects as well. Despite the IB speaking about a possible underworld link the other agencies are not showing too much interest in this angle and look at the case on a single track.

Although this is not one of the biggest operations that the terrorists have carried out in India till date, the case is proving to be more complex than ever. It draws a similarity to the recent Delhi and Varanasi cases where till date investigators have drawn a blank. There is a need to explore an entirely new set of these terror groups before one could come to any conclusion. It is not sufficient to state that the operation bore the style of a particular outfit and then come to a conclusion.

There is surely a newer group on the prowl and they have carried out these attacks. Unlike the IM which appeared to give out details about itself after every blast, this group has been more cautious in its approach. Smaller elements are carrying out these attacks and they would continue to do so. Suspecting just one group will do no harm and nabbing persons who are in no way connected with this case and blaming them will only calm the media and people down for the time being. But in the long run we would be letting away the main persons go who will only come back to haunt the nation sooner or later, an official also added.

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13/7-Probe agencies knock the BSF door

Investigating agencies are now in touch with officers of the Border Security Force for more leads into the 13/7 serial blasts case. Several operatives who have been picked up along the border and later handed over to the police are first interrogated by the officials of the BSF.

Investigating agencies are looking particularly for more details on the interrogation of T Nasir, the mastermind of the Bangalore blasts. We are in touch with the BSF for the interrogation reports of Nasir and a few other cadres who were picked up by the them and first interrogated.

What investigators are looking for is specific details of the interrogation. They are trying to find out if the likes of Nasir during his questioning with the BSF had spoken about future plans. Nasir who hails from Kerala was picked up on the India-Bangladesh border and later handed over to the Bangalore police. The ATS is also in touch with its counterparts in Karnataka for more details on the Nasir probe. However Nasir during his interrogation with the Bangalore police had spoken only about the Bangalore blasts and it appeared that he had the intention of carrying out just this one operation. He does not speak of blasts in the future as per his interrogation report. Nasir’s interrogation also went on to reveal that his was a one off module emerging out of Kerala which wanted to carry out only the Bangalore blasts with the help of funds from the Gulf which was given to him by a sympathiser.

However the police say that they will need to look further into the Nasir case since he hails from Kerala, a state which is notorious for such activity. The investigators are also in touch with the Kerala police who are providing leads on the Gulf modules which are connected to the modules in that state.

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