THE STATE had emerged as one of the major centres of ISI activities in the country, said IG (STF) Jagmohan Yadav here today. He said ISI-trained Indian sleeping modules had even infiltrated into small towns.
Making STF’s presentation on the ISI activities in UP during the police week on Friday, Yadav said at least 200 UP youths from minority community had come back after getting training in ISI camps in Balochistan (Pakistan). Pointing out that they were potential threat to the state, Yadav said the ISI had now stopped the practice of sending Pakistani youth to India for subversive activities. “Largely the ISI has now been banking on local trained youths to carry out operations”. Yadav said both Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) which believed in Deobandi Muslim ideology, had spread their tentacles in UP. The IG said investigations revealed that the two organisation were involved in Ayodhya attack, Shramjeevi Express and Varanasi explosions.
Significantly, Yadav said explosion at the Dashaswamedh Ghat (Varanasi) in February 2005 was also an act of terrorism but investigating agencies gave it a colour of “gas cylinder blast”. DGP Bua Singh, who was present at the conference, also said that he was told that it was terrorists’ explosion. Yadav said, “It was not properly investigated and declared as gas cylinder blast”. He said the ISI had also stopped sending weapons for operation and was now depending on explosions for which raw material was easily available in the market. “It has made the investigation quite difficult”, Yadav said. He said the ISI, which had been running a parallel government with its huge income from gun-running, narcotics and fake currency, had now been concentrating on UP, Delhi, Maharashtra and southern states to spread terror. He said Meerut, Almorah, Baghpat, Phoolpur and several other cities had become hubs of ISI modules.
SK Bhagat, SSP STF, said Phoolpur-based ISI agent Waliullah who studied with known terrorists Bashiruddin, Zakaria and Mustafeen in Darul Uloom Deoband, had received instructions from the module based in Naded (Maharashtra) for Varanasi explosions. He said the group tasked for Varanasi blasts had links with Bangladesh terror group. Yadav said Nepali terrorist groups had also been supporting the ISI.