A girl who was stopped by her father from leaving India for Syria to join the ISIS has been let off after she was counseled. The Intelligence Bureau officials who were counseling her say that she has been made to understand the dark side of the ISIS and let off without a case being booked against her. Read more:
With the Supreme Court dropping charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the accused in the Malegaon blasts case, the entire case needs to be looked at afresh.
There has already been a major delay in the case considering the Malegaon incident occurred in 2008. In the year 2011 it was transferred to the National Investigating Agency and an FIR was filed. Read more
The National Investigation Agency which has put up a bounty of Rs 10 lakh each on the three SIMI members is hopeful of cracking several cases including the Bengaluru Church Street blasts. NIA officials tell OneIndia that the role of the these SIMI activists is suspected in a series of cases.
These are the same members who had made an escape from the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh almost two years back. Two members were killed in an encounter in Telangana recently while the other three remain at large. Read more
The National Investigating Agency probing the Burdhwan blast case will also focus on the role of some elements in Assam and Meghalaya as well. NIA sources informed that there are a large number of militants who have taken refuge in Assam following the crack down after the Burdhwan incident came to light. As per the preliminary investigation and the questioning of the 6 youth who were arrested two days back it has been learnt that Assam was a back module which was used as a safe hide out for infiltrators before launching them into West Bengal to be part of the main stream module.
The Assam police will share information with the NIA regarding the role of some NGO’S who had allegedly helped the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh set up modules in Assam as well. At least 8 NGOs are under the scanner which acted as fronts to set up cells in Assam.
The JMB used a two pronged strategy for this operation. They infiltrated their militants numbering nearly 180 since the past four years and divided them into batches. The main modules were based in West Bengal while the hideouts were mainly set in Barapeta, NIA sources also claim. Like in the case of West Bengal some local leaders were seen to be helping this group. The BJP had accused the AIUDF of aiding the militants but this claim was denied.
Moreover the arrest of six youth from Assam have given the agencies more to work on. They have told their investigators that they were kept on standby. They said that they were trained by the JMB for the same operation. They claimed that they had first infiltrated into West Bengal ‘s madhyam gram where they obtained documents. They were then sent to Assam where they told to be on stand-by. What the Assam module was asked to do is to shield operatives. NIA officials beleive that several JMB members could have first fled to Assam taken cover and then moved to Bangladesh after this entire episode broke out.
The NIA would also probe the local links in Assam. There are a few NGO’s run by local politicians which are under the scanner. Some seperatist groups too are being investigated and have been accused of helping infiltrators since several years. Assam militant groups have been aiding groups from Bangladesh especially the Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami for several years. It was with this support that the HUJI-B managed to set up its module in Hyderabad which was headed by Shahid Bilal.
Terror in West Bengal and Assam have been inter-connected for’ several years now says an Intelligence Bureau official. Similar groups such as the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and the HUJI-B which function out of Bangladesh have used both Assam and West Bengal to further their operations. Recently even the Chief Minister of Assam had said there is credible Intelligence regarding the Al-Qaeda trying to set base in Assam. The Al-Qaeda in fact is a partner to both the HUJI-B and the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.
ndia will send the preliminary findings into the Burdhwan blast to Bangladesh which has sought information the case. The Intelligence Agencies of the two countries are already sharing information on the case.
The preliminary findings of the NIA which states that there were 58 modules of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh operating in West Bengal will be shared with Bangladesh.
Apart from this India will also be sharing the names of 8 key operatives including Kausar who are believed to have fled to Bangladesh after the episode came to light. India’s dossier will be examined by Bangladesh who on their part would help hunt down the operatives. The dossier will also reveal details of the financing which took place and the NIA says that a lot of money was diverted from a bank in Bangladesh and then routed to Kuwait before it came to the modules in West Bengal.
It is at a preliminary stage now and we are giving final touches to the report. The dossier will also speak about the need to have heightened security between the two countries along the border. India will also send the forensic evidence that it has collected during the probe.
The NSA who fisted West Bengal yesterday held talks with the administration and said that this goes beyond a law and order problem. However what the NSA also found that there were still 138 modules of the JMB still in Bangladesh which needed to shut down by Bangladesh. It also points out the need to ensure that JMB members do not escape from Bangladesh and take shelter in India.
The raids being conducted in connection with the Burdhwan blast may be a never ending affair as the National Investigating Agency suspects that there are easily around 53 bomb factories that were set up in West Bengal particulary in the Murshidabad area to carry out subversive activities. An NIA officer associated with the probe said that several persons have fled and while a wanted list is being drawn out, the priority now is to hunt down these bomb factories which still have ammunition in it.
Investigations have led to several disclosures and it has been ascertained that they operated in select places in West Bengal and the main unit was in Murshidabad which had become a landing point for these terrorists since the year 2010. The operation was planned in the year 2010 with the help of the Islamic Chattar Shibhir and the execution commenced in late 2011. Since then over 180 Bangladeshis have come in as part of this plan, the NIA says.
A key person involved in this operation was a man by the name Anisur who arranged accommodation for all the cadres. He was close to the local leadership which helped him go about his work and he ensured that he got these persons a safe place to hide.
Further the NIA says that the JMB which began planning this operation in 2010 started to pick up houses and also set up businesses which acted as fronts. The case of Shakil is an indicated who ran a garment business in Barua. Under the garb of this business he collected arms and even moved the funds around.
The National Investigating Agency appears to be making progress in the Samjautha Express blasts case. The arrest of a man by the name Kamal Chouhan who is alleged to the person who planted the bomb ensures that the NIA is getting closer to closure of the case.
Although speculation is rife that Chouhan’s arrest is being timed with the Uttar Pradesh elections in a bid to appease to a certain community, NIA sources say that they were on the look out for this man since the past 6 months. The investigation that we conducted revealed that he was in the same group that Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Suni Joshi were in and he worked as a team with the other two accused, Ramji Kalasanghra and Sandep Dange.
Chouhan was first questioned in connection with the Sunil Joshi murder case. After that the NIA had summoned him once again for interrogation However he refused to appear before the NIA and decided to give them the slip. The NIA has been in his pursuit since the past several months now and finally managed to nab him in Indore. When he gave them the slip the NIA had issued a look out notice for him apart from announcing a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh to anyone providing information on the man.
Since the past couple of days the NIA has stepped up its efforts to close the Samjautha Express case. They have already chargesheeted Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya Singh among those alive and available. Among the absconders the names of Kalasanghra and Dange figure and there is also the name of Sunil Joshi who was allegedly murdered.
The questioning of this man has revealed the following so far:
Kamal Chauhan is standing member of the RSS a resident of Moorkheda village near Indore, is said to be one of the conspirators in the case. He is suspected to be one of the persons who planted the briefcases loaded with explosives and pipe bombs used in blast.
The NIA says that his involvement in the case was tracked with the help of the signals emitted out of the mobile tower on the day of the blasts. In fact he is said to have carried the brief case with the explosives with three others. He was part of the cell that planted the bomb and also hatched the conspiracy according to the NIA.
They would also question him for his role in the Sunil Joshi murder case and also the murder of Ramprasad Kalota. They would also try and find out more about the Joshi murder. They believe that one senior leader of the RSS, Joshi and Kalota were murdered to ensure the end of investigations into incidents involving Hindu extremists. Kamal along with three others are said to have played a vital role in the murder according to the NIA.
On the Samjautha case, the NIA says that the pipe bombs were manufactured in a factory at Pithampur owned by one Vinay Pandey and stored in kamal Chauhan and Sunil Joshi cowshed near Depalpur and Moorkheda village. Kalota had collected and also distributed the bombs which were stored in the cow shed of Sunil Joshi.
Further the NIA says that Chouhan had taken part in the conspiracy meetings held in Gujarat and Nagpur.
A couple of days back the NIA had put out advertisements seeking information on three very crucial players in the Samjautha case. They included Kalasanghra, Dange and also Suresh Nair. While the arrest of Kamal Chouhan may be a step forward in nabbing the absconders and also cracking the Joshi murder case, it is yet to be seen how big a catch is this man in the first place.
The arrest was made based on proper information, the NIA says. The doubt however grew when he refused to turn up for questioning and decided to give the slip. His role was known since day one. We believe that he is one of the persons who planted the bomb in the train along with Dange and Kalasanghra and this is the line of interrogation at the moment. Apart from this what is more important for the NIA is to track the other two major players Kalasanghra and Dange who are considered to have a lot of information on them.
It is said that the little known Chouhan was part of the same module that all the above mentioned names worked for. He could have been just a foot soldier and further investigations would reveal more information on his exact role.
However a surprising fact about Chouhan is that the man never figured in the investigation of Sadhvi Pragya Singh. Although she too has been chargesheeted in the same cases, it is quite surprising that the name never cropped up. However sources say that certain things are deliberately not declared as it tends to tip off the accused. Even the Sadhvi investigation does not have the name of this man, further investigations can be conducted and there is always this option of filing an additional chargesheet in the case.
Chouhan however is a relatively new name in this Samjautha case. Unlike the rest his name has not done the done the rounds. Sources in the Madhya Pradesh government however point out that his name could have cropped up during the interrogation of the 30 odd men that took place in Indore a couple of months back. NIA sources however say that there are a couple more such persons who were involved in the case. The Samjautha operation was not a small one and had many more such players in it. However the focus now is on Chouhan and also chalking out a strategy to pick up the absconders who could well be hiding in Nepal, the NIA also points out.
It is a concept know as freelance Jihad and these traits were found following theVaranasiand 13/7 blasts. There was a great deal of suspicion regarding this concept and investigators had started to make sense out of it after these two blasts.
This has raised a very big question about the manner in which terror operations would be carried out inIndiain the future and today going by the investigations into the Delhi High Court blasts it becomes clear that this is nothing but a concept known as outsourced or freelance Jihad.
In this context the investigation/interrogation of Waseem Malik, an accused in theDelhiblasts becomes important.
At the start of the interrogation the National Investigating Agency believed that Malik a resident of Kashmir who studied inBangladeshwas an operative of the Jaish-e-Mohammad. However as they continued to interrogate him it became clear that he only followed their ideology and did not have a direct link with the outfit. During the probe they have also found he had arranged for a couple of like minded boys to carry out theDelhioperation and during a visit toIndiafromBangladesh, he actually finalised the entire plan.
In reality the entireDelhiplot is still a mystery and it would be a while before the real picture comes out. There is a great deal of confusion regarding the men who carried out the blasts as some Intelligence reports also went on to suggest that this could well be a ploy between the Babbar Khalsa International and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The NIA says it is looking into leads and at this point in time they would not want to say much about the progress of the investigations. The leads are strong and we will shortly crack is what they say. Regarding the interrogation of Malik, they say he has been speaking about the operation and has also told them from Bangaladesh he had gone toDelhiwhere he met up with a couple of youth with whom he planned this attack. Going by the initial reports it is clear that he had masterminded the operation.
While the operation by Malik is something that is being probed the bigger angle to be looked into is this new concept which is becoming quite an irritating trend today. Right from Kerala toKashmirthis trend is being found and this has eventually led to the creation of splinter groups which again has made the job of security agencies a big headache.
Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that these boys just subscribe to the views of a particular organisation and then they carry out a blast in the name of that outfit. Most of the time these outfits would not even know about the existence of such persons and the more interesting part is that they don’t not even object to someone subscribing to their ideology and carrying out an attack in their name.
The trend basically of carrying out attacks individually started in Kerala. T Nasir, the accused in theBangaloreblast is the man who set this precedent. However today one can get to see such trends in Kashmir, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh andDelhi. Earlier there were individuals who subscribed the views of the Indian Mujahideen and carried out attacks in Uttar Pradesh and also Old Delhi. Today that trend can be found inKashmirand the Delhi High Court is one such example. The IB says that even terror groups have intentionally let such individuals carry out such attacks. They do not provide any support materially or financially and have no qualms about their name being used. These youth who operate individually have managed to learn the tricks of the trade on their own. Procuring ammunition is also not an issue since they have access to several persons who can arrange for the same. The person who supplies the material is also another individual and would have procured the material either through some terror group or stolen it from a place where it has been seized.
These terror groups are aware that such operations will only create havoc in the Indian security system and they are quite pleased that such activities are taking place. What makes matters worse is that after the incident, police keep groping in the dark since they never seem to find a pattern.
Take the case of Malik. As per his interrogation he was just a medical student. However he felt very strongly about theKashmircause and also goes on to say that he hero worshipped Afzal Guru. This is one of the reasons why the mail sent out after the Delhi High Court blast had a mention about the Afzal Guru death row. He said that he felt very strongly about this issue and felt that he needed to do something about it. He had started off as a normal human being but later realised that he needed to do something forKashmirsince he felt that there was too much injustice. He gradually started to believe that Jihad was the only way out and he had planned on dedicating his life for the cause. He felt that the people ofKashmirhad waited long enough and had borne the brunt of draconian terror laws.
The IB says that Malik is just one such person in this entire mess. There is a gradual movement of radicalisation which is on in various parts of the country and the more one digs into the last few incidents of terror this fact becomes evident. At first investigators were under the impression that theVaranasi, 13/7 and the Delhi High Court blasts were inter connected. However today one fact becomes clear and that all these were individual operations and in the days to come there would be more such incidents of freelance Jihad.
The haul at Ambala has kept investigating agencies on their toes and today they are not even ruling out the possibility of the Delhi High Court blasts being remotely linked to the attack.
During the course of the investigations, the agencies conducting the probe are exploring the possibility of the Delhi court blasts and the Ambala Haul being interlinked. In fact when the Delhi blasts had first occurred there was an intercept from the intelligence bureau that the blast could have been the handiwork of the Babbar Khalsa outfit. However officials of the National Investigating agency felt the Delhi blasts was the handiwork of the Harkat-Ul-Jihadi and the Indian Mujahideen. They beleived that they had specific leads regarding this outfit and hence decided to probe in this angle.
Today however following the Ambala haul, investigating agencies are looking into possibility that the Babbar Khalsa could be involved in the Delhi blasts. During the course of the investigation into the Ambala case the police found that it was the Babbar Khalsa with the help of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which had planned on undertaking an attack at New Delhi. However the more important aspect that has come into focus is the four modules in Northern India which have been jointly opened up by the two outfits with a specific intention of targetting Punjab and New Delhi.
Further the probe has also revealed that the BKI had been transporting the ammunition to Delhi and the plan was to carry out attacks at the Patiala House court. With the help of the IB the police have also learnt that the operation was being headed by top militant Jagjith Singh Tara who also happens to be the prime accused in the murder of Beant Singh former CM of Punjab. It was found that the Delhi module which is under him had carried out surveys of the Patiala House court and the intention was to carry out a blast in the month of October.
This probe had also led the police to specific information that the arms were provided by Lashkar operatives in Kashmir and cadres of the BKI were planning on using these for a blast in New Delhi.
Today investigators are trying to find links between the Delhi court blasts and the Ambala haul. The entire Delhi blast case rests on the emails that were sent out after the blasts. There were a couple of arrests too that were made, but more information regarding the mails have cropped up than the real operation. However today with the Ambala haul case giving out more details the investigators feel that they should look into the Delhi blasts case along with this case.
There are very many similarities between the two cases. In both cases the ammunition had come from the Valley and the target was Delhi. Going by these similarities and also the creation of newer modules in Nothern India it becomes clear to a certain extent that both incidents could have been inter linked. Moreover the police now feel that even the Delhi High Court blast could be the handiwork of the BKI and the mails could have been sent out by a couple of youth who were not even connected with this incident. They could have done so for some financial favours, an investigator pointed out.
NIA sources inform that they are yet to look into this angle but also added that case is now being looked into by the police and they would await a detailed report.
The IB speaks about the various intercepts they had shared regarding the BKI-Lashkar link. There has been an increase in their movement. The Lashkar has been bringing in the arms into the valley and sharing it with BKI operatives who have set up modules in Punjab. In addition to this the BKI operatives have also helped ISI agents smuggle drugs and also fake currency.
This probe is about to take an interesting turn and a lot would depend on how the agencies coordinate between themselves. The probe into Delhi High Court blasts has already created much confusion regarding the agency which carried out the attack. However the emergence of this new angle should put things into perspective if probed properly.
The police are seeking further remand of Riazul Sarkar who was picked up in Bihar in connection with the serial blasts case. The Intelligence Bureau which has been questioning him says that he has links with the Harkat-ul-Jihadi based in Bangladesh, but not many relevant details regarding his links to the serial blasts have cropped up as yet.
His remand may be extended since the National Investigating Agency now wants to question him regarding the same case. He has come across as a very suspicious character and they would try and ascertain if he was in any way connected directly or indirectly with the blasts.
During the probe they found that he was fluent in Kannada and Bengali. However what raised the suspicion that his addresses turned out to be false. The IB says that it is too early to come to any conclusion this man and we are not suggesting that he is involved in the case. However there are certain things that we still need to ascertain about whether he has any real link to the HuJI. The HuJI and the IM are very closely linked and their cadres help each other cross in and out of the border.
Nation wide questioning of the IM operatives continued with police not finding any substantial clues as yet. There is sharing of information between the police and they are picking up leads from interrogation reports. The police are also questioning a man by the name Haroon who is in a jail in Kolkata. This man who is believed to be an IM operative was picked up last month based on an intelligence bureau tip off. Apart from being questioned about the present case the police are also finding out details on his linkages to the sleeper cells and modules in Kolkata.
An official said that there is a lot of focus on the modules from Kolkata since there are some leads indicating that some of the men involved in the blasts could have come from there. Even during the Varanasi blasts the foot soldiers managed to slip out through Kolkata. Moreover the close links between the IM and the HuJI also make Kolkata a hot hub for such operatives.