Is security a joke? Bomb at Bodhgaya recovered 8 months later

bodhgaya11New Delhi, Sep 16: Eight months into the investigation of the Bodhgaya blasts case, the National Investigation Agency recovered a grenade from a public toilet.

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Why the SIMI link to Bengaluru makes more sense?

bnglr-blast-1_650_122814103336For a group such as the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) carrying out an attack in South India has become relatively easy considering the strong network it has.
Although it lacks the numbers it used to have in its inner circle its links to groups in South India ensures it can attack at will.
Why the agencies are looking at SIMI?
The SIMI has gone through many transitions and has its ups and downs. After it decided to re-group following the downfall of the Indian Mujahideen the two major strikes it carried out were at Patna and Bodhgaya.

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Myanmar, Rohingyas and the war on terror

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/df0/17815303/files/2014/12/img_0202.jpgTies with Myanmar are extremely crucial for India when it comes to fighting terrorism. The recent Assam massacre by the NFDB (S) was planned in Myanmar and the cadres were sent down from there to carry out the ghastly attack.
Not just the menace of the NFDB (S), but Myanmar has been witnessing several other groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba too setting up camp over there.
It has become a problematic zone not just for India but for Myanmar as well says an officer with the Intelligence Bureau.

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IM and Taliban- Is it the next worry?

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When Yasin Bhatkal, Tehsin Akthar, Waqas Ahmed and Assadullah Akthar are brought together for questioning, explosive details are bound to crop up. While the sinister designs of the Indian Mujahideen are largely known to the National Investigation Agency, there is a major worry about their new found love towards the Taliban and all the above mentioned operatives have said before the NIA that they wanted to fight at Afghanistan.
During the intense questioning of these operatives who constitute the top rung of the Indian Mujahideen, it was revealed that 30 of their men had left for Afhganistan to assist the Taliban. We do not want to work under the ISI anymore as they treat us like garbage. Instead we would like to fight for our brothers in Afghanistan against the Western forces as that makes more sense. For the Taliban too taking some amount of help from us made sense as they plan to expand their area of operation. We have told some leaders in the Taliban that in exchange for our support, we would like them to help us with operations in India. Attacking India with the support of the Taliban would be more deadly as they are a committed force and unlike the ISI do not have multiple agendas. There is just one agenda and that is to destroy any anti Islam nation, the IM operatives pointed out.

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NIA flop show

nialogoIt has been five years since the National Investigation Agency was set up. The premier investigation agency which was to probe terror cases in India would not be proud of itself considering the fact that it has cracked or brought just one case to its logical end.

Many cases including the 26/11 attacks case are dragging at a snail’s pace and at times it appears as though there is a clear lack of direction. While the experts point out that it is a bit harsh to say that the NIA is dragging its feet on the 26/11 case since most of the accused are out of the country, it would not be wrong to say that there is a clear lack of will in the rest of the cases.

The only case which has been taken to its logical end is the bomb blast case at Kozhikode. Two persons were recently sentenced to life by a court in Kerala. While the NIA can pat itself on the back for this case, it sure has a lot of introspection to do in the rest of the cases.

All cases pertaining to Hindu terror which included Malegaon, Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Samjautha were handed over to the NIA. When Swami Aseemanand made the confession statement in which he named several persons alleged to be involved in these cases, the NIA thought it had nailed it. However it was the same lacklustre approach that cost the NIA these cases and till date they are not able to put out a definitive chargesheet on these cases. They had taken the confessional statement for granted and did not expect him to retract. The moment the statement was retracted in court, it was back to basics for the NIA. Today they are unable to find proper evidence against Sadhvi Pragya Singh and more importantly have not been able to nab two other accused Ramji Kalasanghra and Sandeep Dange. Continue reading “NIA flop show”

9 live bombs meant for after rally

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Investigations have now revealed that these bombs were prepared and kept ready and the plan was to actually use more of them during the Narendra Modi rally that took place in Patna last week. However a part of the plan went wrong since two of the foot soldiers who were planting the bombs had sustained serious injuries and hence they had to abort the rest of the mission.

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IM’s Assam bomber

bodhgaya-suspectIn the wake of the National Investigation Agency issuing a fresh alert to the Himachal Pradesh police about a possible strike at the Buddhists in the state, the investigation agency has been probing a couple of youth from Assam in connection with the Bodhgaya attack.

The investigations conducted by the NIA so far reveal that the bomber whose picture they had released last week was a man of Assamese origin and could have possibly been hired by the terrorist group to carry out the strike.

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Hindu angle ruled out in Bodhgaya

afp-bodhgayaThe National Investigation Agency probing the Bodhgaya attack has ruled out a naxalite or Hindu extremist link and states that everything now goes on to show that it was either an outsourced group of the Indian Mujahideen or the outfit itself which could have carried out the attack.

While the blast bears the stamp of the Indian Mujahideen, the sketch of the man released by the NIA bears a resemblance to a Buddhist. This had initially led to a lot of confusion and the investigators thought that it could be an insider job. However after the CCTV footage was shown to some of the inmates, they confirmed to the NIA that the man was not a Buddhist since the manner in which he did the parikrama was wrong. An NIA officer told rediff.com that according to the inmates, the Parikrama around the Buddha statue is done in a clockwise direction, but this man on the footage was doing it anti clock wise. According to some of the eye witnesses they had seen this man do the parikrama wrong, but none of them questioned him. Continue reading “Hindu angle ruled out in Bodhgaya”

Bodhgaya- Is he the bomber?

bodhgaya-suspectIt was either an insider job or some one from outside pretending to be Buddhist who carried out the Bodhgaya attack, the National Investigation Agency has said. The NIA which released the sketch of one of the suspects told rediff.com that the sketch has been prepared based on eye witness accounts and also some of the hazy CCTV images that emerged during our probe into the matter.

The NIA which has been probing the case for nearly to weeks now says that this was a image that they managed to get from a distant CCTV camera and they prepared the sketch by speaking with eye witnesses also. The suspect is seen in a ceremonial Buddhist dress and was spotted according to eye witnesses at 5 AM this morning. However based on the sketch when some of the inmates were questioned they have denied knowing this person, NIA officials also pointed out. Continue reading “Bodhgaya- Is he the bomber?”

Bodhgaya- An outsourced operation

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Pic: NDTV

Back in the year 2010, when Bodhgaya was surveyed by a bunch of Indian Mujahideen operatives, the idea was to carry out attacks on religious places to gain attention and of course cause destruction. An officer with the Research and Analysis Wing tells rediff.com that it appears to be an outsourced operation to the Indian Mujahideen. This is just a pre-cursor before the Lashkar-e-Tayiba launches a major war in support of the Rohingya Muslims at Myanmar.

A note that was circulated by the Research and Analysis Wing around 6 months back to the Government of India stated that a front called the Difa-e-Musalman was being set up by the Lashkar to fight in Myanmar. It is a major operation for the Lashkar and a large number of persons were being recruited and trained for this operation. Continue reading “Bodhgaya- An outsourced operation”