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UP becoming hub of ISI activities:STF

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 21:55 IST
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The IG (STF) Jagmohan Yadav on Friday said that UP had emerged as one of the major centers of ISI activities in the country. Yadav said ISI-trained Indian sleeping modules had infiltrated even in small towns.

Making STF's presentation on ISI activities in UP during the police week on Friday Yadav said at least 200 UP youth from the minority community had come back after getting training in ISI camps in Balochistan (Pakistan).

Pointing out that they were a potential threat to the state, Yadav said ISI had now stopped the practice of sending Pakistani youth to India for subversive activities. "The ISI has now largely been banking on local trained youth to carry out operation." Yadav said both Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which believed in Deobandi Muslim ideology, had spread their tentacles in UP.

The IG said investigations revealed that the two organisations were involved in the Ayodhya attack, Shramjeevi Express and Varanasi explosions.

Significantly Yadav said Dashaswamedh Ghat (Varanasi) explosion in February 2005 was also an act of terrorism but investigating agencies gave it the colour of "gas cylinder blast".

DGP Bua Singh, who was present at the conference, also said that he was told that it was a terrorists' explosion. Yadav said "it was not properly investigated and declared as gas cylinder blast." He said ISI had also stopped sending weapons for operation and had now been depending on explosion, whose raw material was easily available in the market.

"It has made the investigation quite difficult," Yadav said. He said ISI, which had been running a parallel government with its huge income from gun-running, drug 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 the hub of ISI modules. The SSP STF SK Bhagat said Phoolpur based ISI agent Wali Ullah 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.

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