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Educated bombers on the prowl

All nine suspects in the July 26 serial bombings in Gujarat are well educated — at least two of them possessing degrees in Psychology and Commerce — investigators told HT.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2008 00:53 IST
Stavan Desai

In line with global trends, the radicalisation of a handful of educated Muslim youth in India is now apparent.

All nine suspects in the July 26 serial bombings in Gujarat are well educated — at least two of them possessing degrees in Psychology and Commerce — investigators told HT. “All are well educated,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashish Bhatia.

A much-publicised Oxford University study released earlier this year found that of 404 members of violent Islamist groups in the UK, 178 had higher education — at least college degrees.

One of the prime accused in the serial blasts, Mohammed Sajid Mansuri (35) is a graduate of psychology and a marketing executive with a private company in Surat before joining the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in 1991, after which he went on to become the chief of SIMI’s Rajasthan unit.

Vadodara resident, Mohammed Usman Agarbattiwala (24) is a commerce graduate from the renowned Maharaja Sayaji Rao University and has a post-graduate diploma degree in human rights.

Samsuddin Sheikh (32), arrested from Ahmedabad, is an arts graduate from the Islamic School, Goblaj, and was a teacher at the Iqra Islamic School in Bharuch before becoming a full-time SIMI member and later headed its unit in the city.

Mohammed Arif and Unus Mansuri, co-accused, are also graduates of the same college as Sheikh, investigations have revealed.

An active SIMI worker over the last seven years, Agarbattiwala was first arrested in Surat when police raided a meeting of 123 SIMI leaders from across India. Investigators suspect him to be part of the group that planned the Ahmedabad bombings.

Iqbal Kasam Sheikh (31) is a professional electric fitter and Gyasuddin Ansari (29) of Ahmedabad is a radio mechanic. Both are graduates from the state-run Industrial Technical Institute.

Three other suspects have studied till class X, after which they started their own businesses before joining SIMI, police investigations have revealed. Profile: Abdul Subhan Qureshi next page

Profile: Abdul Subhan Qureshi
The most wanted techie in the country
Also known as Kalim and Tauqir Bilal
A resident of Highland apartment in Mumbai’s far-flung northern suburb
An active SIMI member since 1998
Absconding since the last three years.
Graduate of Bharatiya Vidyapeeth at Kharghar (1990)
Computer course from a Mumbai collage
Worked as sales agent in an Indian MNC
Left job “to pursue religious activities”
SIMI chief Safdar Nagori often visited and stay at his home
Played a vital role in organising
7/11 serial train blasts in Mumbai
Had a hand in almost all the e-mails sent before and after the Ahmedabad serial blasts