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Extremists active inside UK 'varsities

A study found "terror groups" active in more than 30 institutions across nation.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2005 11:55 IST

A number of extremist organisations are operating on university campuses across Britain and pose a serious threat to national security, according to a report.

The study by Brunel University due to be published next week found "extremist and terror groups" active in more than 30 institutions across the country.

British Education Secretary Ruth Kellyon Thursdayordered vice-chancellors to clamp down on student extremists in the wake of the July terror attacks in London. She said university administrators must inform police if they suspect students or staff are engaging in "unacceptable behaviour."

The Guardian newspaper said the document by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's centre for intelligence and security studies, lists more than 30 institutions - including some of the most high-profile universities in the country - where "extremist and/or terror groups" have been detected.

"This is a serious threat," Glees told the daily. "We have discovered a number of universities where subversive activities are taking place, often without the knowledge of the university authorities."

The study claimed that the Islamist groups Hizbut-Tahrir and al-Muhajiroun, which are subject to a "no-platform policy" by the National Union of Students, are active on many campuses and often operate under different names.

The report catalogues the activities of far-right organisations and animal rights extremists.

First Published: Sep 16, 2005 11:55 IST