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Bangalore terror attack trail leads to Bangladesh

Terrorist groups are recruiting youth with working knowledge of computers, reports Rashmi Saksena.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 01:15 IST
Rashmi Saksena
Rashmi Saksena

Investigators probing the December 28 attack on the Institute of Science in Bangalore have zeroed in on one Shahid, who either carried out the attack himself or had it executed by an associate.

And his pursuit has given the police proof of what they've suspected for some time now - that terrorist groups are recruiting youth with working knowledge of computers from Hyderabad and other places in the state and sending them to Bangladesh and Pakistan for jihad.

Ibrahim is one such bright spark who has been converted to the "cause". A computer-savvy 25-year-old, he was taken to Bangladesh by Ghulam Yazdani, a one-time associate of Shahid. Ibrahim now does the recruiting himself and was caught accepting money for the purpose. He is currently out on bail.

Investigations in the case also led to Kalim, alias Arshad - the local contact of
the Bangladeshi suicide bomber who carried out the Hyderabad Task Force office attack in October 2005.

He is understood to have confessed that he went to Bangladesh with Shahid and escorted the bomber back to Hyderabad while Shahid stayed on.

On his return, Kalim reported to Shahid's brother Zahid. Zahid's interrogation led the police to contacts in Bidar, Karnataka, who are in the business of making bombs. Yet another local contact the police came across was Mujeeb Ahmad, who revealed that he liased with terror groups in Pakistan.

The revelation of how much "ground support" terrorist outfits enjoy here has put security forces on "high operational alert". They are reportedly concerned about the "potential" of local links growing into large networks. Some 50 mosques in Hyderabad are under watch.

The police are also said to be preparing a list of active terrorists since 1992. Apart from that, intelligence agencies and the police are "keeping an eye" on the Indo-Bangladesh border on the Kolkata side, as new recruits are reportedly being sent by train to Kolkata first.

As for Shahid, he has been on the run since it was revealed that he had a hand in the plot to kill a BJP leader in 2004. Police reports claim he shuttles between Bangladesh and Pakistan and has contacts in Saudi Arabia too.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 00:43 IST