JeM-HuJi axis worries cops
THE REVELATION that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was getting all of its militant activities executed by Harqat-ul-Jihad Al Islam (HuJi) left sleuths of the special task force (STF) and the Intelligence Bureau in a tizzy. The disclosure was made by Huji area commander Wali Ullah in the course of interrogation before the STF sleuths.india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST
THE REVELATION that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was getting all of its militant activities executed by Harqat-ul-Jihad Al Islam (HuJi) left sleuths of the special task force (STF) and the Intelligence Bureau in a tizzy. The disclosure was made by Huji area commander Wali Ullah in the course of interrogation before the STF sleuths.
Though HuJi was declared as a militant organization in Bangladesh its movement was unearthed first time in India. The intelligence agencies are now collecting details about Huji movement in the country.
ASP STF Rajesh Pandey, who led the team which worked out the Varanasi blast case, said that since JeM was under constant watch of intelligence agencies the organization started providing all help to HuJi. During the last three years, blasts and other activities at various places in India were all executed by HuJi militants.
It was JeM which provided financial help and arms to Huji for all these events, Pandey said.
Pandey further said that Huji was established in 1992 by Shauqat Usman alias Sheikh Fareed. Initially, the organization had to struggle to collect funds for jihadi activities and to provide training to recruits. Later, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan started extending all help to HuJi.
The ASP said that as JeM started facing trouble by Indian security agencies they ‘adopted’ HuJi to press into the movement. They used to assign their jobs to Huji commander in Bangladesh who further used to pass it on to his area commanders in India.
According to Pandey, HuJi’s reliable area commander is Zubeir of Baghpat who looks after operations in Delhi and western UP. It was Zubeir who had introduced Wali Ullah to the HuJi commander in Bangladesh. It was handiwork of HuJi ultas who had planted bombs near Dasashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi on February 23, 2005. Nine persons were killed in the blasts but the local police had then concealed the fact and had claimed that it was cylinder blast. The intelligence agencies too had ignored the incident.