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Jehadi elements trying to stage a comeback?

delhi Updated: Jul 14, 2011 09:27 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Rajesh Ahuja

The signs were already there, that jehadi elements were active in Mumbai.

Emails received after the Jama Masjid firing in Delhi (September, 2010) Varanasiblast (December, 2010) were mailed from Mumbai, a strong indication that a new group of jehadis had been in existence in the financial capital of the country.

Intelligence agencies have been repeatedly getting inputs that some Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative like Abdul Subhan Tauqeer (in the western India) and Dr Shahnawaz (in the north India) were trying to revive the IM, after a major crackdown on the group’s top leaders in 2008.

Shahnawaz is on the run since Batla House encounter of September, 2008. He was last seen in the UAE. Similarly Tauqeer was believed to in Nepalin 2010. Latest inputs suggest that he is back in India. His involvement in the in the planning of Mumbai serial blasts is yet to be investigated.

Tauqeer was an office bearer of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) when it banned was in 2001.

Later on he became involved with the IM group led be Bhatkal brothers — Iqbal and Riyaz. He is considered to be bridge between hardline faction of SIMI and IM.

In fact hardline faction of SIMI had given him responsibility to get in touch with Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Afghanistan as the SIMI considered Mullah Omar ultimate leader. Whether he was able to make contact with Mullah Omar or not, it is yet to be known.

According to sources, there has been an effort to recruit relatives of IM operatives, who are in jail or on the run, to form a new grouping for furthering the terror agenda.

In the German Bakery blast, two key IM operative Yasin Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhary are yet to be traced. Mohsin's brother Akbar was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS during a crackdown on IM in August-September 2008.

According to sources, it could be conclusively said that at least two groups of jehadis are active-one in north India, which carried out the Jama Masjid firing and Varanasi blast and the second in western India.

It is also clear that these two groups are working in tandem, which is a dangerous sign for Indian intelligence agencies.